Lamar Jackson, Mekhi Becton
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Mekhi Becton shows all the love for his college quarterback, Lamar Jackson

Trending Topic knows a trending topic when he sees one.

New York Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton, otherwise known as “Trending Topic” on Twitter, could not help but notice what his former collegiate teammate was up to Saturday morning.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been “had.” Thinking he was simply set to meet the media, Louisville University surprised the former NFL MVP with news that his No. 8 is set to be retired at the school.

Joe Douglas’s first-ever NFL draft pick quickly noticed and offered up appropriate thoughts on the matter.

“Blessed to say this man was my quarterback!!!” Becton tweeted Saturday morning.

Becton and Jackson played together in 2017

Becton, 22, played with Jackson as a true freshman in 2017—the only year the two linked up in the collegiate ranks. Jackson arrived in 2015, throwing for 1,840 yards and 12 touchdowns to eight interceptions in 12 games played.

His final season showcased a Cardinals team with a mountain of a man on the offensive line—somebody who helped Jackson make his way into the first round of the 2017 NFL draft (by way of Ozzie Newsome’s Baltimore Ravens).

Becton started in 11 games his freshman season, playing 13 in total. Ultimately, like his quarterback, Becton also entered the NFL draft after his junior year (2020).

Now, the two Louisville chums are playing ball at the highest level. For the quarterback, stacks of victories and even an NFL MVP infiltrate the mind when pondering his career to date. For the tackle, pancake blocks amid program-building efforts lead the way.

The last time the Jets and Ravens hooked up on the field came two years ago when Jackson’s Ravens steamrolled Becton’s struggling Jets on Thursday Night Football, 42-21. That season’s NFL MVP threw for a cool 212 yards and five touchdowns on an efficient 15 of 23 passing. Becton found himself in the middle of a dominant junior season at the time.

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Today, Jackson is preparing for a tough Los Angeles Chargers team—on the heels of his heroic Monday night performance—whereas Becton is currently recovering from knee surgery that has kept him out of action since Week 1’s loss in Carolina.

New York will take the weekend off (bye) before returning to prepare for a Week 7 road date with the New England Patriots up north.

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