During Louisville football star Lamar Jackson’s Heisman-winning campaign in 2016, he was often compared to Michael Vick.
The flashy running style and effortless ability to pull away from defenders to create highlight reel plays was the cause of the comparison, and Vick isn’t shying away from it.
In fact, according to Vick, Jackson is the closest talent we’ve seen to him on the football field.
“If I’ve ever seen another guy that looks like me, it’s been Lamar Jackson,” Vick said, via the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
This isn’t the first time Vick has praised Jackson, either.
During the 2016 college football season, Vick was so impressed with Jackson’s skill that he took to social media to say the Louisville standout is even better than he was when he starred at Virginia Tech.
Lamar Jackson 5x better than what I was at V-Tech….Enough said!! #future
— Michael Vick (@MichaelVick) September 17, 2016
Vick is continuing to sing those praises.
“I said that because he made it look so easy,” Vick added. “Maybe I made it look easy, too, but now I’m on the other side and have the chance to watch younger guys. … I just gave him a lot of credit, and I wouldn’t say it was more credit than he deserved because he deserves a lot, but at the same time it was coming from a guy who revolutionized the position, so to speak.
“I was just happy to see the game growing and seeing another guy doing it at a high level. Records are made to be broken, and players are designed to be surpassed. I just looked at it almost like it was a passing of the torch.”
Jackson will be looking to follow up his Heisman season with another strong performance as he looks to erase any doubts in the minds of NFL scouts about his size.
While he may not end up as the No. 1 overall pick like Vick was, there’s no denying Jackson will be an intriguing prospect and someone should be willing to give him an opportunity in the pros.