A Kind Letter to DeSean Jackson
Dear DeSean Jackson ,
I like you; I really do.
I like you, and I am NOT even a Philadelphia Fanatic. I like you, and I am NOT even a California Golden Bears fan.
We are even built similarly. You're 5'10," 175 pound frame has me by an inch and 25 pounds.
If you give me a 10-yard head-start, I could maybe even beat you in a 40-yard dash. Maybe.
We could almost be brothers from different mothers. Except we are in different tax brackets and our entourages don’t roll together…yet.
I even traded for you on my Madden 2010 franchise to give Peyton Manning another target (Garcon and Collie’s ratings suck in last year’s version), and you finally gave the Colts a game-breaker at punt return.
Okay, you playing in Indianapolis is a fantasy, but having you as my number two fantasy wide receiver on the “Bad Newz Kennels” championship team wasn’t!
I saw your potential coming out of Cal , and the 4.3 speed that had Jerry Rice gushing: “DeSean is the fastest receiver I have ever seen.”
A diminutive frame and inflated “cockiness” on the field were the only knocks against you during 2008 pre-draft workouts.
I like small guys that have boisterous mouths and aren’t afraid to back down. Apparently, so does Andy Reid.
You posted 912 yards receiving and 440 punt return yards in a solid rookie campaign that left GM’s aching for drafting receivers Donnie Avery, Devin Thomas, Jordy Nelson, James Hardy, Eddie Royal, and Jerome Simpson ahead of you.
Coach Reid so impressed in training camp, he made you the first rookie to start on opening day.
The only blemish on your 2008 resume was a Monday Night Football game against the Cowboys, where you prematurely celebrated a touchdown.
I understand, DeSean. It was going to be your first career score and you couldn’t control your excitement.
Your 2009 season was even better; you emerged as an elite home run-threat as a receiver and as a punt returner. You became the first player in Pro Bowl history to be named a starter at both positions.
During the season, you posted 1,156 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, 441 punt return yards, and two return touchdowns.
I have spent the first 75 percent of my letter praising you, but the last part is a stern warning from an adoring fan.
When I read your recent comments of being “very happy with the decision” to trade McNabb to the Washington Redskins, I was a little incensed.
McNabb has been a staple in Philadelphia for 11 years, with 216 passing touchdowns. His only off-field mistake was appearing in a Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercial with Momma McNabb.
McNabb helped elevate you to the verge of super-stardom, and the only thing you can say to him through the media is “I don’t think we lost anything, even with McNabb being gone.”
Like a previous incident with a diva wideout, better known by his initials, McNabb took the high road.
“It’s so wild when people get to talking when you’re not there, but when you’re there everybody loves you,” McNabb said.
“So I guess people will go deeper into it than I will. I’m a Redskin, no longer an Eagle. I had 11 great years and I’m moving on with my life, so whoever may say things when I’m gone, more power to them, but it’s not making you look like a bigger man,” he concluded.
DeSean, I know you trust Kevin Kolb to hit you in stride on deep routes in 2010, but let the sleeping dog in McNabb lie.
There is nothing wrong with showing confidence in the locker room with Kolb, but don’t run the same “route” as previous wide receivers, Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens, Chad Ocho-Whatever and Randy Moss, have done by opening your mouth.
This is a minor slip up, which will be forgotten in a week. But don’t start down the disgruntled receiver path that has put a dent in the aforementioned players' careers.
Keep your mouth shut, hold on to the ball when you cross the goal line, and let your dynamic play-making do the talking. Do those things and you'll be a star.
You also have a mirror image on the other side in Jeremy Maclin . You two could develop into the most lethal deep-threat combo in the league.
I hope I can continue being a DeSean Jackson fan in 2010 (except Week 9). If the price is right, I want you as a starter on my fantasy team, as well.
But please, follow the Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne path, rather than the TO and Marshall road.
PS DeSean, if you could make it so your Tweets aren’t private or accept the request from “Bachelor_Pad” I would be really grateful.
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