Lamar Jackson became a father in 2021 after the birth of his daughter Milan
Lamar Jackson has been a professional football player since 2018, but in 2021, he added a new title to his résumé: father.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback's daughter, Milan Jackson, 3, was born on Jan. 4, 2021, but he has kept most details of her life private, only ever sharing small glimpses of his little girl on social media.
Jackson may be private, but he is a proud dad, beaming when reporters asked him about his daughter’s Halloween costume in 2021.
From her first birthday celebration to her extended family, here’s everything to know about Lamar Jackson’s daughter.
She was born in January 2021
Jackson welcomed his daughter on Jan. 4, 2021, but didn’t make a public announcement. He kept the news private for months and never publicly addressed or confirmed the identity of the mother of his child.
Jackson first revealed he had a daughter the following Halloween
Football fans were shocked to find out Jackson had a 9-month-old daughter when he put Milan on his Instagram Story on Halloween dressed as Pebbles from The Flintstones.
When a few days later a reporter asked Jackson about his daughter after a game and called her "Lani," the quarterback corrected him and said her name was Milan.
“Her name is Milan,” he said. “I just call her Lani."
The reporter then asked what the infant was dressed as, to which Jackson replied, “Pebbles from The Flintstones. You liked it? She look good?”
The NFL player teased that the little girl was at the game with him that day as well, even though he was keeping her off camera.
They celebrated her 1st birthday together
When Milan’s 1st birthday came around in January 2022, the proud father posted photos of her on his Instagram Story, including one shot of her with some food on her face as she giggled while looking at the camera.
“🤣🤣Happy 1st Girl day Mami,” Jackson wrote over the photo.
He added another snap of Milan playing in the snow, all bundled up in a Moncler white snowsuit. However, the little girl did not look so amused.
“She not messing with the cold 🤣,” Jackson wrote.
When a fan posted the pictures on his X account, showing off Jackson’s daughter, the pro football player reposted the message, adding two purple hearts.
Milan has a very loving grandmother
Jackson has spoken at length about his love and appreciation for his mother, Felicia Jones, who raised him as a single parent since his father and grandmother died on the same day when he was 8 years old.
“If she can do that, I can do anything,” he once said at a press conference, adding, “This woman’s a superhero to me.”
Jones was also Jackson’s first coach — and his best, he said.
“A lot of people helped me get better when I was young, but the best coach I’ve ever had was also my first one: Mom,” he wrote in an essay for The Players’ Tribune. “And I’m not saying that just because she looked out for me and encouraged me to pursue football and all that stuff. I mean she actually made me grind to get better.”
Now, Jones has a new child to focus on without any of the pressures of being a parent: her grandchild Milan.
She has two aunts and one uncle
In addition to a doting grandmother, Milan also has two aunts and one uncle from Jackson’s side of the family. Though Jackson’s sisters have chosen to remain private and their names are unknown, Jackson’s brother, Jamar, had a sweet moment with his older bro when he sent a touching message to Jackson before he was drafted in 2018.
“From the time we were younger, I always knew you were special, I just didn’t know how important it was from when we were outside playing to you jumping over my head in the backyard,” Jamar said in a video ahead of the draft. “From ever since we was younger to high school playing with each other, I always loved you. You make my life special. I wouldn’t know what to do without you.”
Jackson shut down rumors that he had fathered another child a year after she was born
A year after it was first revealed that Jackson was a father, he posted on his Instagram Story with a different baby girl, prompting fans to think he was announcing that he had another child.
However, Milan is yet to be a big sister from Jackson’s side, and the Ravens player was quick to shut down the rumors.
“Everybody Fall back that’s my God Daughter But thank you lol,” he wrote on X.
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