Rumor Mill: Former Eagles WR had issues with Donovan McNabb during 2009 season
DeSean Jackson burst onto the NFL scene back in 2008, immediately cementing himself amongst the league’s premier deep-threats.
Jackson’s sophomore season was one of the most productive of his career, catching 62 passes for 1,156 yards and 9 TDs.
His contributions earned him Pro Bowl nods as both a wide receiver and a return specialist, making him the first player in NFL history to achieve such honors at two positions in the same year. His quarterback, however, didn’t feel as though Jackson deserved the selections.
The former Eagles WR recently made an appearance on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast and spoke about what he overheard McNabb telling then-backup QB Michael Vick once Jackson made the Pro Bowl:
“When the ballots came out, and they found out that I was the first player in NFL history to get elected to start in the Pro Bowl for two positions,” Jackson said, “my starting quarterback tells Michael Vick, ‘Damn, I don’t think he should’ve got that. He shouldn’t have deserved that.'”
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The 14-year veteran also noted that McNabb was frugal whenever they went out together.
“He was one of the most cheapest, richest motherf–kers you could know,” Jackson said, “he’d make you pay for everything.”
Jackson stated that he never addressed the issues with McNabb and that there is “no beef” between the two.
The 2009 campaign was the final year of McNabb’s tenure in Philadelphia. When the signal-caller was sent to Washington, Jackson subsequently made comments saying that he didn’t think the Eagles “lost anything” by trading him.
DeSean Jackon will undoubtedly go down as the greatest deep-threat of all time. He holds the NFL record for most 60+ yard TDs and is currently second in most 50+ yard scores behind Jerry Rice.
Most 60+ yard TDs in NFL history:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) May 22, 2020
• DeSean Jackson: 24
• Jerry Rice: 23
• Devin Hester: 21 pic.twitter.com/FtP0ecmbuj
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