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Here’s How Lamar Jackson is Helping Baltimore’s Schoolhildren Learn Math

Lamar Jackson was the breakout player of the 2019 season. After showing that he could run the ball as a rookie and dethroning Joe Flacco as the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens in 2018, his next season showed the NFL what a juggernaut he could be. The Ravens’ season ended shortly and abruptly, and some former players refuse to give Jackson any credit for the kind of year he had, but it was most likely the kickoff to a long career with other chances to win it all.

Quite frankly, it’s hard for anyone to describe everything that Jackson can do with words, so a group of teachers in Baltimore has taken to using math to try to do so with their kids.

A look at Lamar Jackson’s breakout season

Lamar Jackson helped the Ravens on the field this season, and he's helping Baltimore schoolchildren learn math off the field.
Lamar Jackson. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Lamar Jackson wasn’t a complete surprise in the NFL this season. His running game was what helped make him a Heisman Winner in 2016 and a candidate for the award the next year, too. He ran for 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during his three years at Louisville, but concerns about whether or not a running quarterback could make it in the NFL made some question him despite throwing for over 9,000 yards in his three years at Louisville. 

Jackson eventually fell to No. 32 in the 2018 NFL draft. After going 6-1 as a starter to finish his rookie season, however, Jackson showed that he was more than a college phenom. He relied on his feet as a rookie but showed he could throw the ball a little, too. 

In 2019, however, Jackson finally settled any doubts about his dual-threat ability. Not only did he rush for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns, but he also threw for over 3,100 yards and connected on 36 touchdowns against only six interceptions. The team started 2-2 before finding its groove and winning out the regular season to clinch the best record in the NFL. 

Jackson and company disappointed come playoff time, however, but at 22 years old and potential to grow, even more, Jackson is giving Baltimore fans a lot to look forward to. On top of this, he is giving teachers a creative way to teach their students math. 

How Baltimore student are learning from Jackson 

Lamar Jackson is a budding NFL star if he isn’t one already, and it’s no stretch he’s a fan-favorite player. He helps the team immensely on the field, and he (indirectly) helps Baltimore schoolchildren learn math, too, according to The Baltimore Sun:

“During the Ravens’ first drive against the Browns, Mark Ingram ran the ball on one play, Lamar Jackson ran the ball on another play, and Gus Edwards ran the ball on the third play. The yards are shown below. Mark Ingram: 6.5 yards. Lamar Jackson: 5.5 yards. Gus Edwards: -3.5 yards. Who had the largest gain?”

Questions like that can be found in Stephanie Stefanik’s fifth-grade homework. Rather than bore her students with typical questions about unrelatable events, Stefanik has opted to give the kids of Baltimore County something they can sink their teeth into while learning in the process. According to Stefanik, her method worked like a charm. Her students got excited about math instead of confused or angry. 

When Edwards got word on Twitter that his name part of the math problem, he responded. That caused the children of the class to enjoy the lessons even more, and it reminded the players of the kind of platform they have off the field. 

Lamar Jackson impacts class in other ways, too

Jackson isn’t just resonating with the children of Stefanik’s classroom. His humility and work ethic have made him ripe for other types of projects too, including Stefanik’s “Virtue of the Week” project that teaches students about what he’s like when he isn’t on the field. 

Stefanik has taken inspiration from Jackson, and while Jackson has not yet been commented on the classroom projects, he might be happy to know that his life in the NFL isn’t only affecting people when it comes to his play, it is changing them in ways that help away from football, too.