Is Philadelphia Eagles’ Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson an Undisciplined, Immature, Superstar Football Player?

By Bryn Swartz

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It hurt me to even write the title for this article.

But I’ve wondered many times about DeSean Jackson, and I bet you have too.

The Eagles made headlines two days ago when head coach Andy Reid embarrassed DeSean Jackson in front of the entire team after the Eagles suffered a 31-26 loss to the Chicago Bears. Whether Jackson was texting or just not paying attention, he definitely got under Reid’s skin.

Reid also expressed annoyance at Jackson for short-arming a pass in the fourth quarter. Jackson was also dogging it in warm-ups and didn’t run his routes at full speed because he was frustrated at the Bears’ double coverage.

Supposedly this mess has all been settled, but it isn’t the first time Jackson has acted immaturely.

There is the pregame scuffle against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football in which Jackson and safety LaRon Landry had to be separated by their respective teams. I’ve heard that Jackson was the one who provoked Landry in that incident.

He has supposedly made a controversial comment or two in Vick’s defense: “For all of you “dog lovers” stop acting like dogs are human because they are not. If you would stop treating humans like dogs and dogs like human the world would be a better place.”

I’ve also heard that he said the Eagles were “like pit bulls, ready to get out of the cage” after their big win over the Washington Redskins on MNF two weeks ago. Maybe DeSean could have picked a better term for Michael Vick’s sake.

There are rumors of the chest-bumping incident with Andy Reid during the Thursday night Eagles-Cardinals game two seasons ago. I saw Jackson chest bump Reid after a big touchdown, and supposedly Reid told DJack to never do that again.

There’s even the fumble on the one-yard line incident from September 15, 2008, Jackson’s second game in the league. After catching a 59-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson dropped the ball before he reached the end zone, costing him what would have been his first NFL touchdown.

To make the incident worse, Jackson did the same thing in an All-Star high school football game a few years ago.

And every time Jackson makes a big catch or a big return, he high steps his way backwards into the end zone.

I can say without a doubt that I would hate DeSean Jackson if he wasn’t on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Now just to set the record straight, I love DeSean.

I think he’s overrated, and not as good as he thinks he is, simply because he’s one-dimensional as a receiver, but he’s definitely a fantastic football player.

But he needs to grow up. He’s almost 24, and I’m tired of minor controversial incidents every few months.

Nothing has been major, but I feel that it’s almost inevitable that one day I’ll hear about DeSean blowing up at a press conference after a loss, or insulting the team.

And if that happens, he’s really in Reid’s doghouse.

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