By: Andrew Hubschman
Remember when MVP-winner Patrick Mahomes was prohibited from playing pick-up basketball games, per his contract? Remember when he was prohibited from many other activities as well, such as water and jet-skiing, surfing, and bungee jumping? Well, did you know that Lamar Jackson almost injured himself while playing beach football? Here are the details surrounding the near-accident:
Just over a week ago, Lamar Jackson was playing beach football when suddenly- as he was scrambling – found himself in front of a jet ski. Before he could even collide into the jet ski, he jumped over it and was thankfully unharmed. Here’s the video of the incident:
This draws parallels to Mahomes’ limitations stated on his contract, which were added on to it after a video went viral of him making spectacular moves against his opponents during a pick-up basketball game. His contract also bars from participating in numerous recreational activities.
Now that the Chiefs have placed restrictions on Mahomes, it might be time for the Ravens to start thinking about doing the same with their reigning MVP who won them 14 games last season.
A famous incident took place before the 1999 Pro Bowl, when Patriots rookie running-back Robert Edwards (who rushed for 1,115 yards and 9 touchdowns during the 1998 season) was playing in an All-Rookie Flag Football Game until he could not get up after trying to defend a pass. Edwards had blown out his left knee, tearing his ACL, MCL, PCL, and partially his LCL. Although that sounds like a mouthful, he also suffered nerve damage and sliced an artery in his leg. All of this would lead to a possible amputation in his leg, a lifelong inability to walk regularly, and a likely end to his NFL career. After spending four years off the field, he beat all odds when he was signed by the Miami Dolphins 2002 and was suited up to play that season. In 12 games, he rushed for 107 yards and 1 touchdown, and caught 18 receptions for 126 yards and another touchdown. He would not play football again until entering the Canadian Football League, where he would play for three seasons until hanging up his cleats for the final time.
Although Edwards marched back onto the gridiron much to everyone’s astonishment, his injury occurred during a friendly exhibition game of football and it greatly impacted his career. After Lamar’s near-accident, is it time for the Ravens to impose a ban on Jackson from partaking in friendly games and certain physical leisure activity? Do teams deserve the right to make these choices? If the Ravens want to win Super Bowls, what other choice do they really have?