Tom Brady vs. Lamar Jackson: Snatching the torch from the GOAT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — When Tom Brady threw his first career NFL pass in 2000, Lamar Jackson was 3 years old. By the time Jackson turned 10, Brady had already won three Super Bowls.

On Sunday, Jackson, 22, and Brady, 42, will face off when Jackson’s Ravens face Brady’s 8-0 New England Patriots in Baltimore. And while Brady shares a similar history with a cadre of young NFL quarterbacks, Jackson epitomizes the change taking place at football’s most glamorous position.

The evolution at quarterback from 2000 when Brady entered the league to 2019 has demanded a more dynamic presence behind the center, where the ability to pass well and run effectively is not a luxury but a prerequisite for the job.

More than a one-game referendum, Sunday’s game between Jackson’s Ravens and Brady’s Patriots is the continuance of tradition’s last stand. Jackson respects the long tradition Brady represents, even as he represents the change that may make that tradition a thing of the past.

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