Lamar Jackson paid tribute to Cam Newton as the Baltimore Ravens prepare to face the New England Patriots.
The Ravens (6-2) and Patriots (3-5) meet at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, with New England having won 10 of the 14 clashes between the teams all-time.
Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, only joined the Patriots ahead of this season and comes up against Jackson, who took the individual honour in 2019.
Jackson praised Newton, saying: “I’ve been watching Cam since a long time, the whole country did.
“Everybody knows about Cam’s Superman [celebration] and he was doing his thing. A lot of us look up to him, he’s a mobile quarterback, and he’s won titles, county championships, he got MVP and played in the Super Bowl, so I followed him a lot.
“I wanted to get to where he was at, and now I’m here and I get to play against him. So can’t wait to do that.”
Jackson added: “Just game recognising game. He’s the real OG, Superman.”
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 11, 2020
Newton has more rushing touchdowns (eight) than passing touchdowns (two) this season. The last player with that big a difference was Chicago’s Johnny Lujack in 1950, when he finished with 11 rush TDs and just four pass TDs (minimum 100 pass attempts in a season).
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is wary of Newton, who threw two TD passes and rushed for another when he last faced Baltimore, in a 36-21 Carolina Panthers win in 2018.
“We’ve played Cam Newton before, the last time we played him he had a very good game against us,” he said.
“So that’s the challenge, he’s an excellent quarterback, a very aware player and talented.
“He has a great arm, can beat you with his legs too, so that’s the challenge this week.”