NFL Star DeSean Jackson Calls It A Career After 15 Seasons, Eagles Honor Him As An Honorary Captain
The 36-year-old Los Angeles native may be retiring, but he said, 'I'll forever be an Eagle.'
Former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson has announced his retirement after 15 seasons, NBC Sports reported. The Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted Jackson as a second-round pick in 2008, broke the news in a Twitter/X post on Nov. 29, before naming the game-breaking receiver as honorary captain for the team’s game against the 49ers on Dec. 3.
Jackson played eight of his 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’ll forever be an Eagle,” the tweet read, alongside news of his retirement.
“DeSean Jackson was a dynamic playmaker who captivated Eagles fans with his game-breaking speed, unique skill set, and explosive play,” Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said. “What made DeSean truly stand out during his accomplished 15-year career was his ability to make miraculous plays look routine.”
Football and Eagles fans alike point to Jackson’s play on Dec. 19, 2010, when the team faced their conference rival, the New York Giants and Jackson returned a punt 65 yards, scoring a touchdown as the game clock expired. The memorable moment would go on to be deemed the “Miracle at the New Meadowlands,” and one of Jackson’s most heralded career highlights, ESPN reported.
The 36-year-old Los Angeles native also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders, as well as the Los Angeles Rams, with whom he was awarded a Super Bowl ring despite only appearing in seven regular-season games.
Though spending time with other franchises throughout his career, Jackson made a home in Philadelphia as an Eagle and still holds sixth and third place in the team’s history for catches and receiving yards, respectively. In league history, the three-time Pro Bowler is ranked 75th in catches and 38th in receiving yards.
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