Louisville’s Lamar Jackson surprises terminally ill fan with special gift


Lamar Jackson is currently the Heisman Trophy front-runner and has his No. 7 Louisville Cardinals in the College Football Playoff mix. On Friday night, the star quarterback once again put on a show, but it was his actions before kickoff that really deserve some extra attention.

Not only is Lamar Jackson a star quarterback and one of the top football players in the nation, he’s also an incredible young man.

Prior to Friday night’s game against Duke, Jackson made his way off the team bus and directly over to Amzie Smith, a 17-year-old Louisville fan who is battling liver cancer. Smith was diagnosed last year, but discontinued her chemo earlier in 2016 and was given only a few months to live.

Jackson approached Smith and gave her a football which read, “Keep fighting, stay strong.”

It was a birthday gift for Amzie, who celebrates her birthday today.

“It was super awesome. (Lamar) came off the bus and was smiling and knew who I was and gave me the football and gave me a big hug. … I didn’t know what to expect, so it was really fun and awesome to just experience the hype and just the pride that I have for the team,” she said, via ESPN.com.

Keep being awesome, Lamar. And stay strong, Amzie.

We’re rooting for both of you.

Jackson and the Cardinals topped Duke on Friday night, 24-14. Louisville returns to action next weekend when the North Carolina State Wolfpack roll into town.

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