On Friday, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who played two stints in Philadelphia and electrified the football field, will announce his retirement from the Eagles.
Then, on Sunday before the Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field, he will be formally named an honorary captain.
After being selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Jackson played eight of his fifteen seasons in Philadelphia, where he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2010, and 2013.
The Cal speedster was just starting in 2008, but he already had two touchdowns and 912 yards as a rookie. As a receiver and returner, DeSean Jackson was nominated to three Pro Bowls during his first six seasons with the Eagles. He also produced three seasons with 1,000 yards and numerous big plays.
The Miracle at New Meadowlands in 2010 stands as one of the most memorable plays ever, as Jackson gave back a punt 65 yards for a game-winning touchdown with just seconds remaining to complete an incredible comeback victory over the Giants.
The wide receiver on the Eagles’ X account announced the announcement.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 29, 2023
DeSean Jackson was an unpredictable playmaker who enthralled Eagles fans using his game-breaking speed, distinct skill set, and explosive play, according to a statement from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. The ability to make miraculous plays appear ordinary was what, according to Lurie, really set DeSean apart during his stellar 15-year career.
Lurie recalled that everyone knew how DeSean picked up the football in New York on that crucial evening in December 2010 and veered into the end zone.
After that, DeSean Jackson played for Tampa and Washington before joining the Eagles again in 2019 and 2020. During the final two seasons of his career, he played for the Raiders, Rams, and Ravens.
In 183 career games, Jackson has 641 catches with 11,263 yards and 58 touchdowns. In addition, he returned four punts for touchdowns and ran 72 times for 463 yards as well as four touchdowns.
DeSean Jackson, a native of Los Angeles, California, attended the University of California, Berkeley, where as a junior in 2007 the American Football Coaches Association named him to the first team All-America.
DeSean Jackson never stopped having an influence wherever he went. After three seasons, he signed with the Commanders, the Eagles’ division rivals, before choosing the Bucs. He rejoined the Eagles in 2019, but he struggled with injuries during his two seasons there, which restricted his ability to play.
After that, he played in the NFL for two more seasons, but his time as a starter was over. Regardless of playing time, his final season with the Ravens was the only one in which he failed to score a touchdown.
DeSean Jackson’s Some Remarkable Records In NFL History
- Made history by becoming the first player in the history of the NFL to be selected to the Pro Bowl while playing wide receiver and kick returner.
- In a single season, tied the NFL record along with 8 touchdowns of 50 yards or more.
- Among players with at least ten touchdowns in a season, his 2009 season’s 52.8 yards per score average was the highest in NFL history.
- In his first three seasons, he became the 2nd player in NFL history to score touchdowns through punt returns, running, and receiving combined.
- In his first four seasons, he became the 5th player in NFL history to surpass 900 receiving yards or more.