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DeSean Jackson

Jackson with the Eagles in August 2009
No. 10     Philadelphia Eagles
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: December 1, 1986 (1986-12-01) (age 23)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Debuted in 2008 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     125
Receiving Yards     2,079
Receiving TDs     11
Stats at NFL.com

DeSean Jackson (born December 1, 1986 in Long Beach, California) is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

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Early years

Jackson attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, the same high school as Eagles teammate Winston Justice and many other current NFL players. He became one of the top wide receiver recruits in the nation, with many collegiate football programs pursuing his services. He was named the 2004 Glenn Davis Award winner by the Los Angeles Times as Southern California's player of the year. He also played baseball and was scouted by both the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies in his senior year.[1]

Jackson caught 60 passes for 1,075 yards for 15 touchdowns his senior year, leading the Jack Rabbits to a CIF Southern Section championship. He was pressed into service last minute as a defensive back in the section title game, against Los Alamitos High School, responding with two interceptions, one which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown to help fuel Long Beach Poly's 21-6 victory.

Jackson receiving the 2005 Pete Dawkins MVP trophy after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

To cap off his high school career, Jackson was voted the Most Valuable Player at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, where he caught seven passes for 141 yards and passed for a 45-yard touchdown in leading the West to a 35-3 victory in a game that featured 80 of the nation's top players. However, he was also involved in an embarrassing play when he attempted to somersault from the 5-yard line for a touchdown, but landed on the one-yard line, leaving the ball there. ESPN.com's Tom Lemming rated him as the number four wide receiver in the country, PrepStar selected him an All-American and a member of its Dream Team Top 100 players, and Calhisports.com voted him the 2004 Mr. Football State Player of the Year. He committed to Jeff Tedford's football program at the University of California, making his announcement on Southern California's FSN West. Jackson waited until the deadline to choose between scholarship offers for California and the University of Southern California.[2]

College career

Jackson in 2006 matched up against Washington State strong safety Eric Frampton

Wearing the number 1, in his first collegiate game against Sacramento State in 2005, Jackson scored both an offensive and special teams touchdown, returning a punt 49 yards for a score. Throughout his freshman season, Jackson spearheaded the Bears passing attack, picking up 38 receptions for 601 yards along with seven touchdowns. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark three times. In the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl game against BYU, Jackson tallied 130 yards and two scores.

Coming into his sophomore year with high expectations, Jackson displayed more of his talent and playmaking ability, tallying 1,060 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He was also a constant threat to return any opponent punt into a highlight reel touchdown, taking four returns for a score. He was voted All Pac-10 first team as both a punt returner and a wide receiver. Jackson also garnered national recognition with selections to first team All-America by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News and Rivals.com as a punt returner. Jackson also captured the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top return man in the nation. In one of only two California losses in Pac-10 play, Jackson had a 95 yard punt return for a touchdown against Arizona.[2]

Following an excellent sophomore campaign, Jackson entered his junior season with extremely high expectations, and was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate. His season began promisingly, with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee in the opening game of the season.[2] He would also have a strong game at #11 Oregon, catching 11 balls for 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears to their first victory in Autzen Stadium since 1987. Although Jackson finished the 2007 season with a modest 65 catches for 762 yards, and scoring 6 touchdowns as a receiver, he still played a large role in Cal's pass offense. His presence on the field often drew special attention from opposing defenses, creating opportunities for fellow wideouts Lavelle Hawkins, who enjoyed his best season, and Robert Jordan. Jackson was named an All-American as a return specialist.[2]

Jackson's disappointing 2007 statistics can be partly attributed to injury,as he suffered several minor injuries that limited his effectiveness at times during the season, along with a right thigh injury that forced him to miss most of the game against Washington and the Big Game against Stanford.[3][4] He also missed the first quarter of the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl for violating undisclosed team rules.[5]

Jackson left Cal following the 2007 season, declaring for the 2008 NFL Draft. He departed holding Pac-10 records for punts returned for a touchdown both in a season (four), and in a career (six)[2]. Jackson ranks third all-time at California for receiving yards with 2,423 and receiving touchdowns with 22.[2] He is sixth in receptions (162).[2] Jackson finished with 52 career plays of 20 yards or more, making up 23 percent of his 226 touches.[2]

Professional career

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2008 NFL Draft

Going to the 2008 NFL Draft Jackson was considered one of the top 10 wide receivers available in a draft class littered with talented wide outs.[6] The only knock on Jackson was his small frame, being measured at 5'9¾ " and just over 170 pounds. During the pre-draft period, future Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice was quoted saying that Jackson "is the fastest receiver I have ever seen". [7] At the 2008 NFL Combine, Jackson had an impressive showing, running an official 4.35 40-yard dash.[6] He performed well in positional drills, running routes fluidly and catching passes very well displaying his well-known agility and quickness. He also posted a standing broad jump of 10 feet.

On April 26, Jackson was drafted in the 2nd round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was the seventh wide receiver taken in the draft which saw for the first time ever no wide receivers drafted in the 1st round. On July 20, he agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the team. He was thought to compete for number 3 receiver duties with Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, and Greg Lewis but, with the injuries of Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown, DeSean took the number one receiver spot.[8]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5′10″ 169 lb 4.35 1.53 2.52 4.19 6.82 34½ in. 10′2″
Height, weight and 40-yard dash from 2008 NFL Combine, all other values from Pro Day workout[9]

Philadelphia Eagles

2008 season

Jackson after a game on November 2, 2008 against the Seattle Seahawks

Jackson had a good pre-season performance, which included a 76 yard touchdown punt return against the New England Patriots in Week 3. After the Eagles roster was cut to its maximum 53 man limit for the season, he was listed as the starting punt returner and as a second-string wide receiver.

Due to injuries sustained by other receivers such as Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown, Jackson was the first rookie to start Opening Day for coach Andy Reid. On September 7, Jackson had a great game, collecting six catches for 106 yards in a 38-3 win over the St. Louis Rams. He also returned eight punts for a total of 97 yards, including one 60-yard punt return to set up a field goal. He had over 200 all purpose yards, a record for a rookie wide receiver. During a Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys on September 15, Jackson celebrated prematurely before running into the end zone by flipping the football behind him at the one yard line. This led to what would have otherwise been his first NFL touchdown, to be challenged and overturned, with Brian Westbrook running in for a touchdown from the one yard line on the next play. Jackson finished the game with 110 yards on six receptions, becoming only the second receiver in NFL history to have over 100 yards receiving in each of his first two games since the Eagles' Don Looney in 1940.[10]

On September 28, Jackson recorded his first offensive touchdown against the Chicago Bears. Against the Bears he also muffed a punt return that set up the Bears' go ahead score. The following week against the Washington Redskins on October 5, Jackson returned his first punt return for a 68 yard touchdown. Jackson scored his first rushing touchdown on November 9 on a direct snap in the wildcat formation with a 9 yard run against the New York Giants.[11] A rematch against the Giants on December 7 which resulted in a 20-14 upset of the defending Super Bowl champions marked the first time in the season that Jackson did not have a reception. The following week, Jackson rebounded, recording 77 yards on 5 catches in a 30-10 victory over the struggling Cleveland Browns[12] Jackson's final touchdown of the season came in the NFC Championship game on January 18, 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals, when he managed to haul in a 62 yard touchdown. Jackson narrowly finished second to Kevin Curtis in postseason receiving yards with 207 to Curtis' 211.

Jackson finished a successful rookie season equaling and surpassing the feats of two other Eagles rookies, Keith Jackson (no relation) and Don Looney. His 912 receiving yards, set a new Eagles rookie record and surpassed the previous mark of 869 set by Keith Jackson in 1988. He was the first rookie to lead the team in receptions, another feat accomplished by Keith Jackson. DeSean Jackson also set the team record for receptions with 62, breaking Looney's previous mark of 58.[13]

2009 season

In Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, Jackson had his second punt return for an 85 yard touchdown, the second longest in Eagles history.[14] The following week Kevin Kolb threw his first career touchdown pass to Jackson against the Saints for 71 yards. Jackson had 149 receiving yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27 which included a 64 yard touchdown reception. Against the Oakland Raiders on October 17 he caught six receptions for 94 yards, including a 51 yard diving fingertips catch, in a 13-9 loss.

Jackson caught a 57 yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb that gave McNabb his 200th career touchdown and 30,000th career passing yards on October 26 against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. He also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 67 yard reverse. Jackson injured his right foot during the game and was x-rayed during halftime, but returned to play during the third quarter. He was later named the NFC Offensive Player of the week.

In a week 11 matchup on Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears, Jackson caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles won a close game, 24-20.

On November 29 against the Washington Redskins, Jackson had to leave the game after sustaining a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker London Fletcher.[15] Jackson recorded two receptions, including a 35-yard touchdown.

Jackson would miss the next game due to his concussion, but would return on December 13 against the New York Giants. Jackson had a career day, as he caught 6 passes for 178 yards including a 60 yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb and a 72 yard punt return for a touchdown (combined for 261 all purpose yards). The game would also put him at 8 touchdowns of over 50 yards in a single season, tying an NFL record shared only by Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch[16] and Devin Hester's 2007 season. For his performance against the Giants, Jackson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[17]

The following week against the San Francisco 49ers, Jackson went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season with 140 receiving yards, including a 19 yard touchdown reception as the Eagles clinched a playoff berth.[18] On December 27, he had four catches for 33 yards and a two-yard touchdown, his shortest touchdown of the season, in a win against the Denver Broncos.

Jackson was nearly shut down the following week by the Dallas Cowboys in the regular season finale, with only two passes for 36 yards in a 24-0 rout of the Eagles. In a rematch the following week on January 3, 2010 against the Cowboys in the NFC Wild-Card Game, he was held by Dallas to three catches for 14 yards, including a 6 yard touchdown pass in a 34-14 loss.

Jackson was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as a starting wide receiver and a kick returner, the first time in Pro Bowl history that a player was selected as a specialist and as their normal position. He was selected to the Sporting News' All-Pro team as a Punt Returner for the 2009 season, averaging 15.2 yards per punt return in 2009. At the Pro Bowl, Jackson caught six passes for a team high 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 58 yard catch-and-run touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb.

Personal

Jackson is the son of Bill and Gayle Jackson and has three older brothers, one younger brother, and one older sister and one younger sister. His oldest brother Byron is a former San Jose State wide receiver who spent two seasons on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. DeSean intended to pursue a degree in social welfare at Cal. His father was hospitalized with pancreatic cancer during the Eagles run in the 2009 playoffs.[19] Bill Jackson died, May 14, 2009. DeSean dedicated the 2009 NFL season to the memory of his father. He currently resides in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Jackson was featured on the cover of the PlayStation 2 version of NCAA Football 09.[20]

References

  1. ^ "Eagles' Jackson had tools for baseball". Philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20081022_Eagles__Jackson_had_tools_for_baseball.html. Retrieved 2000-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Jackson Leaving Cal For NFL
  3. ^ Stanford believed it had Cal's number
  4. ^ Cal's Jackson uncertain for action Saturday
  5. ^ 2007 Armed Forces Bowl
  6. ^ a b Kirwan, Pat. "Draft's top wide receivers". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d807bdfdb&template=with-video&confirm=true. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Rookies Don't Play? Think Again
  9. ^ "*DeSean Jackson, DS #2 WR, California". Nfldraftscout.com. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=57210&draftyear=2008&genpos=WR. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  10. ^ "Eagles WR Jackson celebrates prematurely". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txeaglesjackson&prov=st&type=lgns. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Manning leads Giants over Eagles". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/recap?gid=20081109021. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  12. ^ "Paul Domowitch: Eagles throw Giants a curve with ground game". Philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/20081208_Paul_Domowitch__By_Paul_Domowitch.html?viewAll=y. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Eagles Media Guide - Desean Jackson". Philadelphia Eagles. http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/eagles_files/html/jackson_d_1.html. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  14. ^ "McNabb injured in Eagles’ 38-10 rout of Panthers". Philadelphia Eagles. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/recap;_ylt=Aix46n5myl4iteDRiXQqjXFDubYF?gid=20090913029&prov=ap. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  15. ^ http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/11/29/desean-jackson-exits-with-concussion/
  16. ^ Eichenberger, Bill. "Dynamic Jackson leaves Giants dizzy, grasping for air". SportingNews.com. http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/article/2009-12-14/dynamic-jackson-leaves-giants-dizzy-grasping-for-air. Retrieved December 14, 2009. 
  17. ^ McPherson, Chris (December 15, 2009). "Jackson Earns Special Weekly Honor". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=19734. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  18. ^ "Eagles clinch playoff berth, 27-13". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/recap;_ylt=ArX5D02DnzentOK8WD9UPNZDubYF?gid=20091220021&prov=ap. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  19. ^ Player Profile
  20. ^ "DeSean Jackson inadvertently revealed as PS2 NCAA Football 09 cover athlete". PastaPadre.com. 2008-04-28. http://www.pastapadre.com/2552/desean-jackson-inadvertently-revealed-as-ps2-ncaa-football-09-cover-athlete. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ted Ginn, Jr.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl MVP
2005
Succeeded by
Chris Wells

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