Desean Jackson Will Retire As An Eagle This Weekend
After a long and successful career, Desean Jackson is finally hanging it up. And he will do so as an Eagle. Desean will officially retire as a member of the Eagles this Friday, and then he will recognized as an Honorary Captain on Sunday in the game vs the 49ers.
Jackson spent 8 of his 15 seasons with the Eagles. In that time he made 3 Pro Bowls, racked up 6,512 yards, 379 receptions, and 35 TDs, all top 10 in Eagles history. He also shares the All-Time Franchise record for Punt Return TDs with Darren Sproles with 4. Including this one that is probably everyone’s favorite Desean play.
For years, Desean Jackson wowed Eagles fans with big plays. No player in NFL history has more 60-yard TDS, and only Jerry Rice has more 50-yard TDs. He was also the first player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl at two positions, WR and Punt Returner.
Unfortunately, his career with the Eagles was cut short by Chip Kelly being an egomaniac. Desean had a career year in 2013 with 1,332 yards and 9 TDS. That offseason he was cut because Chip didn’t like coaching him. Who would want WR capable of putting up numbers like that? And certain people carried water for Chip Kelly by spreading bogus stories about him having gang ties. Thankfully none of that soured him on the Eagles or the city of Philly, and he realizes that most Philadelphians love him for what he did for our team and city.
Had he stayed around who knows what his numbers with the Eagles would look like? He went on to put up 2,702 yards over the next 3 seasons with Washington. Had he put up those numbers with the Eagles he would be the team’s all-time leader in yards. Desean eventually came back for a short two-year stint, but injuries mostly kept him off the field. He played just 8 of a possible 32 games. Though even in that limited time, he managed to add a few more 60+ yard TDs.
All of that will pay off this weekend when he retires as an Eagle. Congrats on the great career, and thank you for all the memories.