Eagles news: Best stories from DeSean Jackson’s I Am Athlete interview

DeSean Jackson #10, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
DeSean Jackson #10, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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Donovan McNabb #5, DeSean Jackson #10, Philadelphia Eagles
Donovan McNabb #5, DeSean Jackson #10, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /

Might there have been some issues between DeSean Jackson and Donovan McNabb?

Adding DeSean Jackson to a wide receiver corps that featured Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Reggie Brown, Kevin Curtis, and Greg Lewis gave the Birds a much-needed shot in the arm. D-Jax became the first-ever rookie to start on opening day for Reid (even though he didn’t talk to him), and he impressed all year.

The numbers are as follows: 62 receptions, two receiving touchdowns, and 50 punt returns (an Eagles’ rookie record and 3rd all-time) for 440 yards. That was the third-highest total in the NFL and the fifth-most ever by an Eagle. It also doubles as a franchise rookie record.

He earned a Second-Team All-Pro nod in 2009 and the first of what wound up being three Pro Bowl nods. It doesn’t sound like everyone felt like he was deserving though.

Donovan McNabb questions the validity of DeSean Jackson making the Pro Bowl at two different positions.

No man had ever earned a Pro Bowl nod at two different positions before Jackson did so in 2009. At about the 13:13 mark, D-Jax discussed the transition Philadelphia made from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb and a conversation that took place between ‘5’ and Michael Vick, one in which Donovan allegedly made a statement that Jackson may have been unworthy of receiving the honor.

Jackson made it clear that he had no intentions of creating ‘clickbait’ or stirring any pots, but whether we’d like them to be or not, conversations like these are always worth a listen.

We won’t share any personal opinions though we have many, but give that one a listen when you can. Again, that portion of the interview begins at about 13:13. That one should give you and your buddies something to talk about the next time you’re hanging out.