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Philadelphia Eagles Player DeSean Jackson Credits Late Father For Current Success
March 16, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had been embroiled in lengthy contract extension talks since 2011, prompting many to paint the two-time Pro Bowl standout as selfish. Now after securing a 5-year, $47-million dollar deal, Jackson is turning his focus back to the game he loves. Jackson largely credits his late father for ability to visualize and obtain success both on and off the field.
“That’s one of the first things that came to my mind was my father,” Jackson said during a press conference after inking his deal on Thursday. “Like I said, I could just hear voices and remember flashbacks in times, just really as a family, talking about the good times and dreaming about the success. One thing my dad always said is that you can’t dream with your eyes open and you have to go to sleep and dream things and remember things.”
Now 25, Jackson is considered one of the most explosive offensive players in the NFL and helps bolster the Eagles’ chances for a championship run after securing his deal. Jackson lost his father, William, at age 22 in 2009, after he succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Jackson keeps the memories of his father close to him.
“Unfortunately, my dad is not here today to go through this beautiful time with me but we’re staying as strong as we can,” shared Jackson before he addressed the press. “I just want to say that Pops, ‘this is for you and we love you and this is what we talked about since I was a little kid.’”
Source: CSN Philly
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