Baltimore Ravens fans probably couldn’t help but smile after seeing their past and present worlds collide during Thursday’s NFL Honors event.
Former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his successor Lamar Jackson were both winners during the NFL Honors award show held at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev.
Jackson won the 2023 NFL MVP award, edging out runner-up Josh Allen in a near-unanimous 49-1 vote. Flacco was named the Comeback Player of the Year over another Bills player in Damar Hamlin after Flacco led the Cleveland Browns to a second-half resurgence that culminated in a playoff berth.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Shared Awesome Moment With Joe Flacco At NFL Honors
Jackson and Flacco were seen by the cameras at NFL Honors sharing a brief but memorable moment together on the red carpet.
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Flacco had a huge smile on his face as Jackson leaned on the 38-year-old, who responded with a playful love tap on the Ravens’ current QB1.
Lamar Jackson Is Still Chasing What Joe Flacco Did For Baltimore Ravens Fans
Jackson garnered his second NFL MVP award in six seasons with the Ravens, reaching statistical highs that Flacco never did during his time in Baltimore. Flacco never once made the Pro Bowl throughout his 16-year NFL career.
Despite lacking in individual accolades, Flacco reached the NFL mountaintop during the 2012 season, leaving the Ravens to a Super Bowl run and earning himself a Super Bowl MVP award. He achieved the postseason success — even for just one year — that Jackson is still chasing as he enters Year 7.
Baltimore still has a formidable roster going into next season. But the Ravens did lose their standout defensive coordinator and may have wasted a perfect storm of AFC regression and injuries that led to Baltimore nabbing the top seed in the conference.
But if Jackson continues to play like he did this past season, the Ravens will likely remain in the mix for years to come. Jackson, who’s still just 27 years old, threw for 3,678 yards with 24 touchdowns against 7 interceptions. He also ran for 821 yards with 5 touchdowns on 148 carries.