|DeSean Jackson Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||December 1, 1986|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
DeSean Jackson is an American professional football player who represented the Philadelphia Eagles (2008-2013, 2019-2020), the Washington Redskins (2014-2016), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-2018), the Los Angeles Rams (2021), the Las Vegas Raiders (2021), and the Baltimore Ravens (2022-2023) in the NFL (National Football League), as a wide receiver. He was selected 49th overall in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. DeSean was included in the ‘PFWA (Pro Football Writers Association) All-Rookie Team’ in 2008. He has been included 3 times in the Pro Bowl (the NFL‘s annual ‘All-Star Game’) (2009, 2010, 2013). The first of those selections was the first time in Pro Bowl history that a player had been selected for 2 different positions in the same year – as a wide receiver and return specialist in his case.
DeSean William Jackson
Jacc Pot, D-Jax
Los Angeles, California, United States
Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
DeSean had attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, a 4-year public school in Long Beach, Los Angeles County. After his high school graduation, he joined the University of California, Berkeley, a public land-grant research university in Berkeley, California. There, he represented the California Golden Bears American football team between 2005 and 2007.
He was also expected to play for the California Golden Bears baseball team but focused exclusively on football due to his success in that sport in his freshman season. After the 2007 season, he declared for the 2008 NFL Draft, thus foregoing the remainder of his collegiate eligibility.
Professional American Football Player
- Father – Bill Jackson (d. May 2009)
- Mother – Gayle Jackson
- Siblings – Byron Jackson (Older Brother) (Professional American Football Player (Retired)), Desmond Jackson (Brother), A’Dreea Jackson (Sister), Derrick Jackson (Brother), Travis Jackson (Brother), William Jackson (Older Brother), Delaney Jackson (Sister)
- Others – Andrew James Jackson (Paternal Grandfather), Nannie Belle Pinnix (Paternal Grandmother)
He has been represented by Tayo Adewon, Manager & Booking Agent, Advantage One Group, Athlete Marketing Representation Company, Los Angeles, California, United States.
- 1 – California Golden Bears
- 10 – Philadelphia Eagles
- 11 – Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 1- Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders
- 15 – Baltimore Ravens
DeSean Jackson’s net worth had been $40 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
79 kg or 174 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
DeSean has dated –
- Mýa Marie Harrison (2011-2012)
- Chantel Jeffries (2012-2013)
- Brooke Bailey (2013)
- Ashanti (2013-2015)
- Natalia Garibotto (2014)
- Kayla Phillips (2014-2021) – DeSean started dating American Instagram model Kayla Phillips in 2014 after they met through social media. They have 2 sons together named DeSean Jackson Jr. (b. October 2015) and Jacey Jackson (b. 2018). The couple parted ways in 2021.
- Cydney Christine (2021)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-American descent.
- Toned physique
- Dreadlocked hair
- Sports a thick beard
- Has both his hands covered in tattoos
DeSean Jackson Facts
- DeSean’s time at Long Beach Polytechnic High School overlapped with future Philadelphia Eagles teammate Winston Justice. During his high school days, he used to play baseball as well as run track in addition to playing American football. In track, he was timed as high as 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters event.
- In his senior year (2004), he led his school team to a CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section championship and won the Glenn Davis Award, presented annually since 1987, by the Los Angeles Times (a daily newspaper that started publishing in 1881), to the best high school football player in the Los Angeles area.
- DeSean was also voted the ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a high school football game, held annually in San Antonio, Texas, and played between all-star teams representing the eastern and western United States. In the game, he caught 7 passes for 141 yards and passed for a 45-yard touchdown, leading his team to a 35-3 win.
- In 2005, in his first collegiate game for the University of California, Berkeley, against Sacramento State University, he scored both an offensive and special teams (members of the roster who are on the field during kicking plays) touchdown, returning a punt (a kick performed by dropping the ball from the hands and then kicking it before it hits the ground) 49 yards for a score.
- In his sophomore year (2006), DeSean led the Pac-10 Conference in receiving yards per reception (18). He earned ‘First-Team All Pac-10‘ honors that year as both a punt returner and a wide receiver. The Pac-10 Conference (known as the Pac-12 Conference since 2011) is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States. Its football teams compete in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (the highest level of college football in the United States)).
- For his performances in the 2006 season, he also earned ‘First-Team All-American’ honors and captured the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top returner in the country.
- In his junior year (2007), in a game against the University of Oregon, DeSean caught 11 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the University of California, Berkeley, to their first win at the Autzen Stadium (the home field of the University of Oregon) since 1987. Jackson earned ‘First-Team All-American’ honors that year as a return specialist. He also earned ‘First-Team All Pac-10‘ honors.
- He ended his collegiate career holding Pac-10 records for punts returned for a touchdown – both in a season (4) and in a career (6). He also finished in 3rd place on the all-time University of California, Berkeley, standings – both in receiving yards (2,423) and in receiving touchdowns (22).
- DeSean was featured on the cover of the PlayStation 2 (a home video game console) version of NCAA Football 09, a college football video game released in July 2008. It was created by EA Sports, a division of Electronic Arts (an American video game company) that develops and publishes sports video games.
- In the Philadelphia Eagles‘ opening game of the 2008 NFL season, a 38-3 win over the St. Louis Rams, he had more than 200 all-purpose yards, a record for a rookie wide receiver. DeSean then became the first receiver since 1940 to have more than 100 yards receiving in each of his first 2 NFL games.
- He finished a successful rookie season with a team-leading 62 receptions (the most by a Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver). His 912 receiving yards surpassed the previous rookie record of 869. He also led the NFL that season with 50 punt returns (a franchise rookie record) for 440 yards (another franchise rookie record).
- In December 2009, during a game against the New York Giants, DeSean reached the milestone of 8 touchdowns of more than 50 yards in a single season, tying an NFL record. He ended the season as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ leading receiver with 1,167 yards. He led the NFL that season with 2 punt return touchdowns as well as an average of 15.2 yards per punt return.
- In December 2010, he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a win against the New York Giants in the last 14 seconds of the game. This was the first game-winning punt return on the final play from scrimmage in the history of the NFL. DeSean finished the 2010 NFL regular season as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ leading receiver for the 2nd year in a row – with 1,056 yards.
- In 2010, he also became just the 2nd player in NFL history to have recorded a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a punt return touchdown in each of his first 3 NFL seasons. He also led the NFL that season with 22.5 yards per catch.
- DeSean finished the 2011 NFL regular season as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ leading receiver for the 3rd year in a row – with 961 yards.
- In a scene from the 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film Silver Linings Playbook, a psychotherapist encourages the protagonist (played by Bradley Cooper) to wear DeSean’s Philadelphia Eagles jersey.
- In the 2013 season, he led the Philadelphia Eagles with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards – the 4th most and 2nd most, respectively, in a season, by a Philadelphia Eagles player. DeSean was released by the team in March 2014 and left with the franchise’s 4th most receiving yards (6,117), 8th most receptions (356), 9th most receiving touchdowns (32), and joint 3rd most 100+ receiving-yard games (20).
- In September 2014, representing the Washington Redskins, in a game against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, he scored an 81-yard touchdown pass. The jersey that he wore in this game would later be featured at the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ as DeSean became just the 3rd player in NFL history to record an 80-yard touchdown both for and against the same team – the Philadelphia Eagles in his case.
- He ended the 2014 NFL season with 56 receptions for a team-leading 1,169 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He also led the NFL that season with 20.9 yards per catch.
- In late 2015, his then-home in Tarzana, California, was reportedly attacked. The place was defended by his guests while he was away.
- In the 2016 NFL season, DeSean and his teammate Pierre Garçon reached 1,000 yards receiving in a season-finale loss. This made them the first Washington Redskins pair since 1999 to have achieved this feat. They also became the 7th and 8th players in the franchise’s history with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons. DeSean led the NFL that season with 17.9 yards per catch.
- In September 2018, representing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the season-opening game against the New Orleans Saints, he recorded 2 receiving touchdowns (58 and 36 yards). The 58-yard touchdown reception was his 27th career touchdown of more than 50 yards. This tied DeSean to the 3rd position for the most career touchdowns of more than 50 yards in NFL history.
- In ‘Week 8’ of the 2018 NFL season, he recorded his career’s 24th receiving touchdown of 60 yards or more, setting a new NFL record. The record came just a week after he had become the 47th NFL player to reach the milestone of 10,000 receiving yards. DeSean also led the NFL that season with 18.9 yards per catch.
- During the 2019 NFL season, he reached the milestone of 31 career touchdown receptions of more than 50 yards, the 2nd most in NFL history.
- In ‘Week 16’ of the 2020 NFL season, DeSean recorded his 5th career touchdown of 80 or more yards, tying the NFL record.
- He signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams in March 2021 and was released in November 2021, upon request, having played 7 games for the franchise. Despite this, DeSean was awarded a Super Bowl ring (his first) after the Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl LVI (the championship game of the 2021 NFL season) on February 13, 2022.
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