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DeSean Jackson hoping for storybook ending with return to Philly

DeSean Jackson hoping for storybook ending with return to Philly

DeSean Jackson’s return this week to Philadelphia after five years away is almost a perfect storybook ending to his career. 

Almost. 

“I could only imagine what it would be like if I was to come back here and win a Super Bowl,” Jackson said on Thursday morning. 

Jackson is 32 now. He spent five seasons elsewhere before finally getting his chance to return to Philadelphia in a trade this week. But he always kept one eye on the team that drafted him out of Cal in the second round of the 2008. 

He watched the Eagles win Super Bowl LII to cap the same 2017 season where he went 5-11 in his first of two personally disappointing seasons in Tampa Bay. So he’d like to put up big numbers in his second stint here, no doubt. But he really wants to be a part of something special. 

He had no shortage of diamonds on his person Thursday, but Jackson wants the type of bling you can’t just buy. 

At the end of the day, we want to win. I want to be able to put some jewelry on my finger. I sat back and watched them. I wasn’t bitter; I was happy for them. But at the same time, I know what I started and where my career was at when I was here.

Jackson was unceremoniously cut by Chip Kelly on Mar. 28, 2014. He was coming off his third Pro Bowl nod and career-highs in catches, yards and touchdowns. 

And then he was gone. 

“We all know how I was released and out of here,” Jackson said on Thursday, never mentioning Kelly by name. “Like I said, we’re just moving forward.”

Jackson did admit, however, that joining Washington as a free agent that offseason was personal. He played for the division rival Redskins for three seasons, relishing every opportunity he got to play against his former team. 

But the Eagles’ franchise he returns to now is a lot different than the one he left. Really, the building feels a lot more like it did under Andy Reid, back when Jackson felt like he was a part of the family at the NovaCare Complex. Kelly got fired during the 2015 season and was replaced by Doug Pederson, with whom Jackson has a great relationship. There’s a reason the whispers about a possible return really began to pick up with the new regime in place. 

On Mar. 3, Jackson was back in the area at the Valley Forge Casino for an autograph signing, where Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham were also featured. They asked Jackson if he was coming back to Philly. 

“I was like, ‘hopefully I can get back,’” Jackson said. 

Well, he’s back. Now it’s time to see if Jackson can give his story the type of ending he so desperately wants. 

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Eagles at Redskins live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 15 game

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8:28 a.m.: Good morning! It’s game day and I have had my coffee, so we’re good to go. The only injury question heading into today for the Eagles is about Ronald Darby, who is questionable after suffering a hip flexor injury in practice on Friday. The Eagles already ruled out Lane Johnson (ankle), Nelson Agholor (knee), Jordan Howard (shoulder) and Derek Barnett (ankle). 

The Eagles play at 1 p.m. and if they win, it’ll be worth watching the Rams-Cowboys game at 4:25 p.m. If the Eagles win and the Cowboys lose, it’ll set up a situation where the Eagles can clinch the division against the Cowboys in Week 16 and basically give themselves a Week 17 bye. 

But first the Eagles have to take care of business against Washington. Here are five matchups to watch. 

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Navy pulls off iconic Philly Special at the Linc

Navy pulls off iconic Philly Special at the Linc

Let's just say, the Navy Midshipmen certainly know how to win over a crowd in Philadelphia.

On Saturday during the 120th Army-Navy game, a familiar play call was seen.

You might have seen it before. There's a statue immortalizing it in front of the Linc. It happened during Super Bowl LII. Anything come to mind?

That's right. The Philly Special.

What an awesome moment in the middle of one of the best days in sports. Check it out:


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