DeSean Jackson on Sunday’s Wild Card Game “I definitely think it’s going to be a fist fight the whole game.”
Since being drafted 49th overall in th NFL Draft it’s safe to say that DeSeanJackson has become one of the most electrifying and explosive players to ever play the wide receiver/punt returner position. Although Jackson may line up at 5’10”, the 175 pounds, the wide receiver has consistently come up with big play after big play in the clutch. The season has seen Jackson hook up with MVP candidate Michael Vick for a multitude of long touchdowns including an 88-yarder against the Washington Redskins in Week 10 and a 91-yarder against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14. New York Giants fans will forever be haunted by Jackson’s game winning 65-yard walk-off punt return touchdown that capped off a 21-point comeback to give the Eagles a 38-31 victory bringing the NFC East Crown back to Philadelphia. Jackson has had his fair share of tough breaks including a gruesome hit over the middle from Dunta Robinson this season in Week 6. He’s also had a habit of “hot dogging” his way to the end zone on quite a few plays over his career dating back to the U.S. Army All-American bowl. The Eagles were defeated by the Packers at home in week one and they are not only looking for redemption against Green Bay, but a trip to Dallas this postseason as their quest to Super Bowl Sunday begins.
DeSean Jackson joined 106.7 the Fan in D.C. with the Junkies to discuss the “Monday Night Massacre” against the Washington Redskins, the name of the first play of the “Monday Night Massacre” that he scored an 88-yard touchdown on, on playing with Michael Vick and watching him develop into a top flight quarterback again, on still running routes over the middle of the field after the hit taken from Dunta Robinson earlier in the season, on knowing certain routes he runs could get him “cracked” or potentially hurt, on if he cringes when Michael Vick calls pass plays that have him running routes over the middle and on his thoughts of the Green Bay Packers going into the Wild Card playoff game this Sunday.
On the “Monday Night Massacre” (11/15/10) where the Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed the Washington Redskins, 59-28, and he scored the game’s opening touchdown on an 88-yard touchdown pass-and-catch?
“Honestly man that game was a huge game for us especially with the whole Donovan McNabb being gone, with us having a new team and him trying to come into Philadelphia. They beat on us pretty good when they came out there. Everyone was making a big deal out of that game. We just felt we were very confident in ourselves. We just wanted to go back to Washington D.C. on Monday Night Football. It really doesn’t get much bigger than that. We knew we really wanted to do something. We just wanted to go out there and make a lot of big plays. We got into a little scuffle before the game, me and LaRon Landry. We were kind of going back-and-forth, so that kind of put me up and how better was it to throw the first play and get on him and score a touchdown. That was kind of cool.”
On the name of the first play of the game of the “Monday Night Massacre?”
“It’s called Z-Deep. Z-Deep Post. I’m a Z receiver, so it’s called Z-Deep Post.”
On playing with Michael Vick and watching him develop into a top flight quarterback again when many people didn’t see it happening?”
“Yeah, Mike Vick has been through a lot and for a man to be at the highest peek of his career and to have something as unfortunate like he had go down with him… I think he has learned a lot. It’s great for him to have a second opportunity and everybody in this world can have a second opportunity and not do good with it, but this guy right here works so hard. He’s been in the weight room. All the people who doubted him. All the critics. He has kind of proved everybody wrong and people said “Oh he can only run the ball. He’s fast, but he can’t sit in the pocket and make throws.” I mean this year all that stuff is changing and for myself to be able to play with him and witness that. I grew up watching this guy play. For me it’s a lot more special than that, so I’m just very appreciative to play with that guy. We’re just having fun man that’s the biggest thing as long as we’re having fun doing it.”
On still running routes over the middle of the field after the hit taken from Dunta Robinson earlier in the season?
“You gotta have a lot of heart to play this game. Obviously I’m not one of the biggest guys out here doing what I do, but I have a lot of heart where I grew up, where I came from, Los Angeles, California, the things that I saw. I mean to get an opportunity like this and come out here on the field. It’s really like I’m safe here. I’ve been hesitant in my life. I’ve done some wild things, but it just made me real comfortable and real safe here. I’m just blessed with an opportunity. I’m really blessed to walk off the field after that hit too (Dunta Robinson), but it also shows a lot of heart. It is a lot of heart man. It’s dangerous out here man. Guys are 300 pounds, 6’8”. These guys don’t care about nothing. They got a family to feed just like myself. Whatever you have to do to play this game and play it clean, that’s what you see. “
On knowing certain routes he runs could get him “cracked” or potentially hurt?
“Hey, hey, I’m gonna be real and I’m gonna tell you the truth man. It’s dangerous out there just know that and when I’m going through certain ways and I’m in the middle of the field I’m aware of all that, so at the end of the day you can’t be a girl and be scared to go. You gotta be a boss about it, but at the end of the day don’t get me wrong you think about that stuff, but you gotta play the game.”
On if he cringes when Michael Vick calls pass plays that have him running routes over the middle?
“I mean no you can’t do that. Man this is my job. That’s just like your boss come to tell you do something and you cringe. I’m not gonna cringe. I’m not gonna judge you for you, but this is what we do. I’ve been playing this game since I have been seven years old. I put myself in this position, but you know it comes with a lot and gives a lot, so you gotta take what it is man.”
On his thoughts of the Green Bay Packers gong into the Wild Card playoff game this Sunday?
“Man this is gonna be a huge game. I definitely think it’s going to be a fist fight the whole game. They have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings is a great player, Donald Driver and etc. So as far as us we’ve heard about the defense, so as long as we can go out there and score as many points. We know we have to go against Charles Woodson, one of the best corners, Nick Collins. We’re just ready. They got us earlier in the season. Man they beat us, so this game is huge for us man. We’re just ready to go out there and do it.”