Lamar Jackson still learning to deal with fame after winning Heisman

Lamar Jackson
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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson joined 1010 XL Jax Sports Radio’s Rick Ballou and Joe Cowart during ACC Kickoff. Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, discussed how life has changed for him now that he’s become one of the biggest stars in college football.

“I still get chills having kids look up to me as a role model,” Jackson said. “Different people from everywhere, any state I go in, people recognize me. I still have to get used to it. But I still think about it like, ‘I’m still just this Lamar Jackson guy.’ But now kids look up to me as a hero.”

Jackson, who was hoarse during the interview, was unsurprisingly one of the most highly sought-after interview subjects during ACC Kickoff following a historic season in which he led Louisville to ACC and national championship contention.

“We went into the year, like I said at ACC Media Days last year, wanting a national championship,” Jackson said. “Everyday we went out there like, ‘man, we’ve got to get there.’

“I don’t know what happened at the end of the season, but we hit a big hole and we got stuck. We lost three games, but we just took that and ran with it as motivation for this offseason. We went to grinding, start getting into our books more, start staying after practice, getting more throws in and stuff like that to make our chemistry even more dynamic.”

You can listen to the entire interview below:

(You can follow Rick Ballou on Twitter @Ballou1010xl)

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