This past Sunday night, during the Philadelphia Eagles’ lone open practice of training camp, one of the loudest cheers heard all night was reserved for DeSean Jackson.
It’s been a while, almost six years to be exact. That’s how long it’s been since Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has run out of the tunnel for the home team. Here we are. It’s 2019, and this past Sunday, the Eagles faithful held one of their loudest cheers for the moment when the wide receivers emerged from the tunnel.
Why? It’s simple. DeSean Jackson, once again, ran out onto Lincoln Financial Field’s playing surface wearing the same team colors he began his career in. Okay, the camouflage in the numbers was a little different (and a nice touch). Philly’s lone open practice of camp doubled as a military appreciation night.
Yeah, we all know the Philly faithful loves Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor too, but you have to believe much of that roar was reserved for ’10’. It’s a welcomed change from the boos that rained down on ‘The Linc’ when Jackson left Philly to play three seasons for the hated Washington Redskins.
Sure, Jackson’s departure wasn’t his fault (and we won’t name the coach whose fault it was), and we all know those boos were all a result of Jackson wearing the wrong jersey.
Philly’s love for their team had everything to do with that, and none of that was representative of how the greatest fans on Planet Earth felt about a man who, at that time, was a former fan favorite.
Still, it happened. Yes, it was all a result of some hurt feelings (probably on both sides), but in one moment, all of that angst and tension was erased. All it took was a few seconds. It was truly a sight to see.
Check it out for yourself.
’10’ and the Eagles fan base have, officially, renewed their love affair. All that was missing was for LeSean McCoy aka ‘Shady’ to come running out of the tunnel. Here’s some of Jackson’s reaction to the night’s proceedings.
Clip courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles YouTube channel
You absolutely have to love that if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan. At night’s end, ’10’ shared some of the love with those same Eagles fans that had shown him love all night.
Welcome home Mr. Jackson. The fans have talked about your return since the moment you left. It’s real now. Let’s all enjoy the ride together. Hopefully this one takes everybody to Miami Gardens in February.