WATCH: Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson First Thanks His ‘Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’ In Acceptance Speech

Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals poses for a photo after being named the 82nd Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images North America
Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals poses for a photo after being named the 82nd Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City.
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University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson wasted no time during his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech to give praise to his Lord and Savior.

The 19-year-old Jackson, who threw for over 30 touchdowns, ran for 21 touchdowns and amassed over 4,900 total yards for the Cardinals this season, became the youngest player ever to win college football’s most prestigious award on Saturday night during the annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Gala in New York.

After taking a few seconds to corral his thoughts and pull out his prepared remarks, Jackson, who sported a large cross around his neck, immediately reminded the audience that they all have something to be thankful for.

“First and foremost, before I go further along in my speech, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Jackson said. “Without Him, none of us would be here right now tonight.”

“To the Heisman voters, I am truly honored and humbled to be the the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner,” Jackson continued. “To be able to stand up here like all the other former Heisman Trophy winners, I’m extremely proud to represent this class and the University of Louisville with their first Heisman Trophy.”

After winning the award and giving his acceptance speech, Jackson spoke at a press conference at the Marriott Marquis near Time Square, where he continued his praise of God.

“When I heard them say my name — there was five of us and I did not know which name he was going to call — some reason my chest just started pumping really hard, my heart started racing,” Jackson, who set an Atlantic Coast Conference record with 51 total touchdowns in 2016, explained. “When I heard them say my name, just thank God.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith