|by Ryan Messick
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DeSean Jackson wants everyone to take a deep breath and exhale, rather than waiting with baited breath to analyze every word he speaks. Contract? Celebration? Attitude? All included.
“As far as people making a big deal about all of these little things, I mean it’s just ridiculous to me,” Jackson said. “As long as I’m going out on the field and producing and doing what I need to do, people shouldn’t have nothing to say.”
That he’s been doing. Jackson caught four passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, which happened to be the go-ahead score from 91 yards out early in the fourth quarter. He capped the play off by stopping at the one yardline, turning to face the Cowboys and flopping backwards into the end zone. Jackson put six points on the board, but drew a flag and a 15-yard penalty for the display, which didn’t please his quarterback.
“I was upset about that, I think it was unnecessary, but it’s him having fun,” said Michael Vick. Today, Jackson responded when asked about it by the media.
“Man that’s his own opinion, he’s his own man, I’m my own man,” Jackson said. “I could have just wished I didn’t get a penalty or shouldn’t have been penalized for it to hurt my team, but as far as me doing my celebrations and doing my entertainment, that’s going to be me.
“Everybody’s not going to like it. I could care less about who likes it or who doesn’t; I do it because it’s entertainment. That’s the type of business we’re in: entertainment. Fans like it, so anybody else, like I said you want to talk bad about it, that’s your opinion. I could care less.”
Jackson also answered questions about his contract situation. The speedy wide receiver appeared on the T.Ocho Show this week and discussed his desire for an extension with fellow Drew Rosenhaus clients Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.
Jackson admitted that the 30 percent rule and the looming lockout were playing a major role in the absence of an extension, but said those ultimately won’t matter.
“It is what is is though, but hey they gonna have to do something, man, because I’m out there, they way I’m putting it in, hey, something gotta happen baby,” Jackson told Owens.
Jackson, tied for the league-lead with eight catches of 40 or more yards, said today that the contract talk is not an issue on gameday.
“It’s not going to get in the way of anything, at times things get in the way but as a professional you have to put that to the side and just go out there and just play football, so that’s what I’m going to do,” Jackson said. “But at the end of the day I’m going to be myself and I’m not going to change for no one.”
That means that the swagger, the celebrations and the desire for the ball go hand in hand with the big plays, blazing speed and jaw-dropping agility. Jackson just wishes everyone wouldn’t make such a big deal over each individual thing he says or does.
“It’s been blown up, right?” Jackson asked rhetorically. “I mean, it’s unfortunate, but at the end of the day that’s the position I’m in.
“I could care less about it, it’s not going to make me lose sleep because I have a job to do. It’s to come in here and work with my teammates, put in the hard work.”
In baseball, you’ve heard of Manny being Manny? Maybe this is just DeSean being DeSean. With four touchdown catches of 40 or more yards, including 88 and 91-yarders, the Eagles will take the trade off.
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