Tom Brady Challenges Lamar Jackson to 40-yard Dash after Ravens QB Makes NFL History

Lamar Jackson's stunning performance on Thursday Night Football captured the eye of many, none more so than Tom Brady, who has challenged the Baltimore Ravens quarterback to a 40-yard dash challenge.

Jackson broke Michael Vick's single-season rushing mark by a quarterback which he had held since 2006. Jackson rushed for 86 yards as the Ravens thrashed the New York Jets 42-21 to secure a 10th consecutive win.

The second-year quarterback needed 23 yards to break Vick's record of 1,039 rushing yards and he racked up 27 in the opening drive alone, adding a further 59 to bring his season tally to 1,107.

"It's really cool, my favorite player growing up," Jackson said of Vick. "It's amazing and I'm going to cherish that forever and we just got to keep it going. Records are meant to be broken like he said and it's really cool for me to do it."

In a pre-recorded segment broadcast by FOX during the game, Vick paid tribute to the 22-year-old.

"Lamar, I just want to say congratulations on making history," he said. "One of many milestones that you will surpass in your career. Best of luck in everything that you do. You deserve it. Keep up the hard work, and I'll always be rooting for you."

With this run, Lamar Jackson now owns the single-season record for rushing yards by a QB! @Lj_era8 #RavensFlock

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— NFL (@NFL) December 13, 2019

In the 13 years since Vick became the first quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season, no other player had got close. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson came closest, rushing for 849 yards in 2014.

Jackson's latest exploit prompted Brady to suggest a tongue-in-cheek challenge for the Ravens quarterback.

"Me vs Lamar, 40 Yard Dash on natural grass but he has to wear rollerblades. Who's buying the PPV?" the New England Patriots star tweeted on Thursday night.

Me vs Lamar, 40 Yard Dash on natural grass but he has to wear rollerblades. Who’s buying the PPV?

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) December 13, 2019

The challenge would be hilarious to say the least, given the rushing game has never been one of Brady's strengths.

To put things into context, Jackson's 1,107 rushing yards in 15 regular season games this season are more than Brady has done in his 19 seasons in the NFL—1,035.

The former Louisville alumni was just as threatening through the air on Thursday night, completing 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and five touchdowns.

Jackson leads the NFL with 33 touchdown passes so far and has matched the franchise season record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996. Behind their electrifying quarterback, with to games left in the regular season the Ravens have already broken franchise records in total touchdowns, total points and rushing yards.

The second-year signal caller is a runaway favorite to be named MVP and the Ravens look increasingly likely to clinch top spot in the AFC and secure home advantage throughout the playoffs.

Baltimore improved to 12-2 with the win and courtesy of the head-to-head tiebreaker, the Ravens effectively lead the Patriots by two games with just three games left for New England.

Baltimore faces two divisional rivals in the final two weeks of the season, traveling to Cleveland next week before hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates during the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium on December 12 in Baltimore, Maryland. Patrick Smith/Getty

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