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3 Heisman Trophy winners line up for Lamar Jackson-to-RG3 option pitch

This was a pretty cool play!

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson greets quarterback Robert Griffin III before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are rolling over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10, and they decided to roll out a new wrinkle on offense. Lamar Jackson lined up in the shotgun with a player on each side. He had Mark Ingram to his right and fellow quarterback Robert Griffin III on his left. Jackson faked the handoff to Ingram, and then started running right. Griffin trailed him and eventually took the option pitch from Jackson.

It’s crazy enough that RG3 was out there for a pitch. This makes sense as the kind of game where you put that on film to keep teams honest if you use it against an actual good football team. We may never see a pitch to RG3 again, but teams know it’s there.

The other crazy part of this was the fact that the Ravens had three Heisman Trophy winners in their backfield. The 80s and 90s Raiders had a couple instances of three Heisman Trophy winners on the roster, but it did not involve a quarterback. Once they had Bo Jackson, Marcus Allen, and Tim Brown, and another time they had Tim Brown, Desmond Howard, and Charles Woodson. It’s unlikely all three were in the backfield at once.