Mark Ingram on Lamar Jackson’s MVP Bid: ‘He’ll Definitely Be Walking Away With His Second MVP’

Former Ravens RB Mark Ingram believes Lamar Jackson will "definitely" earn his second MVP -- when does he say the Lombardi Trophy will come?

LAS VEGAS — The Baltimore Ravens undoubtedly fell short of their goals in 2023. They were the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, but Baltimore’s offense was stymied by a tenacious Kansas City Chiefs defense, leading to an unceremonious exit.

While the Ravens still deal with the bitter taste of playoff defeat, their QB — Lamar Jackson — is the front-runner for the most prestigious individual award: Most Valuable Player. Former Raven Mark Ingram weighed in.

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Jackson’s 2023 season was superb. He finished with career highs in attempts, completions, completion percentage, and yards. Baltimore’s signal-caller tallied over 800 yards on the ground and accounted for 29 total TDs (24 passing, five rushing). The man nearly broke off a TD that he caught in stride off of a pass deflection at the line of scrimmage in the AFC Championship Game. Not many NFL players get fans to say “WOW!” more than Jackson.

However, football fans might be a little skeptical about Ingram, who used to play with Jackson, being bullish on his second MVP award. Perhaps the more salient question is: When will the Ravens and Jackson win a Super Bowl?

“I just wish he was playing in this game, but he will be playing in this game soon, and he will win a Super Bowl soon. I have no doubt about it. That’s just what he’s built on. That’s in his DNA; that’s in his character. That’s what he’s driving for.”

Anyone who saw Jackson’s body language in the waning moments of the Ravens-Chiefs AFC Championship Game could see the physical manifestation of his frustration.

But losing can be the ultimate motivator, and as Ingram mentioned, Jackson has the requisite traits to take that hardship and flip it on its head.

“I don’t understand the [negativity] and hate that surrounds this guy,” Ingram said. “All he does is come to work. All he does is show up and do things the right way.”

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