Ever since dual-threat quarterback Malik Cunningham stepped foot on Louisville's campus, the comparisons to former alum and Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson have been there. It's hard to ignore the similarities, given both player's athleticism and ability to take off out of the pocket. During ACC Media Day, Cunningham was asked if he gets tired of being compared to Jackson. Here is Cunningham's response, per 247 Sports.
“I do get tired of it a little bit, but who wouldn’t want to be compared to Lamar?” Cunningham said. “I mean, the great Lamar, in my opinion, the best college football player to ever play the sport. Just a role model to me, a big brother, and I’m thankful for a lot of the stuff that he does for me.”
Malik Cunningham had to be honest. With no disrespect, he said that he does “get tired of it a little bit.” Of course, the Louisville star wants to be his own player.
However, Cunningham then acknowledged how special it is to be compared to the former Louisville star, Ravens signal-caller and NFL MVP.
Cunningham said “who wouldn't want to be compared to Jackson”, calling the Ravens star the “best college football player to ever play the sport.” The latest Louisville star quarterback clearly has a lot of respect for the great Louisville quarterback of the past.
Cunningham did put up very Jackson-esque numbers last year for Louisville, tallying nearly 3000 passing yards with over 1000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
If Malik Cunningham keeps that up, people may have to stop comparing him to Lamar Jackson. They might have to start comparing people to Cunningham.