DeSean Jackson is a name that the sports and entertainment world has come to equate to success, hard work, passion, unparalleled speed, raw talent. This 3-Time NFL Pro Bowler personifies a “Super Star” and all that it implies. This star wide receiver is a Los Angeles native and has been preparing for success on the field and in the spotlight his entire life. DeSean has taken the NFL by storm with his heart-stopping kick returns, and his inherent star quality and magnetism. From being a prodigy at the football powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School, to being the first player in history to be selected to the exclusive Pro Bowl at two different positions in the same year (return specialist and wide receiver), DeSean is making his career one for the record books both on and off the field.
DeSean’s road to stardom started early on in life. During his highly decorated high school athletic career, he was arguably one of the top recruits in the nation – and not just for football! Few people know that DeSean was also scouted by the Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. DeSean decided on his true passion, football, and went on to have an extremely successful collegiate career at University of California at Berkeley (CAL).
His athleticism earned him multiple All-American and All-Pac-10 mentions, as well as the exclusive Randy Moss Award in 2006. By the time DeSean decided to declare for the 2008 NFL Draft, he had captured the hearts of the national media and already had a fan base that rivaled most seasoned professional athletes.
DeSean’s NFL dreams came true when he was drafted in 2008 by the Philadelphia Eagles and went on to have an unbelievable rookie season, setting the Eagles’ record for receiving yards for a rookie at 912, and leading the team in receptions with 62. DeSean’s momentum continued in the 2009 season by returning the second longest punt return in Eagles’ history, with an 85-yard touchdown in the first game of the season. Things only got better from there, as DeSean earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Honors and was ultimately rewarded for his 1,167 yard season with a bid to the 2010 Pro Bowl – as a wide receiver AND return specialist, marking history as the first athlete to be selected to the game at two different positions. DeSean built off of his Pro-Bowl season in 2010 and 2011, marking his territory as the Eagles’ leading receiver and one of the most threatening offensive weapons in the NFL. His hard work paid off in 2012 when he received a renewed contract with the Eagles, reinforcing his status as the team’s backbone and would go on to be voted into his third Pro Bowl in 2013.
Although DeSean has many remarkable accomplishments on the field, he has truly made a name for himself in the entertainment world, as well. From the MTV Movie Awards to the ESPY’s and NFL Honors, DeSean is a red carpet fixture for sports and entertainment events alike, and can always be seen on the best-dressed lists. He is no stranger to magazine covers, having appeared on the cover of STACK, Sporting News Magazine, and ESPN the Magazine, to name a few and throughout the pages of DUB, Juicy Magazine, Complex and more. The media flocks to DeSean, and he is a favorite of all of the major networks including ESPN, NFL Network, MTV, VH1, E!, CNN, BET, ABC and many more. DeSean has done it all from commercials to the big screen with his documentary DeSean Jackson: The Making of A Father's Dream, to a guest host on The View and BET’s 106 & Park, to the ESPY’s Red Carpet Correspondent for Young Hollywood. There is nothing this young star can’t do!
The music industry is another area DeSean looks to conquer, constantly putting in time developing his rapping and producing abilities with his record label, Jaccpot Records. DeSean’s musical talents have been featured on MTV, MTV2, Yahoo Sports!, and on the pages of DUB Magazine and ESPN The Magazine.
DeSean’s proudest accomplishments, however, lie in the immense amount of charity work that he does through his foundation, The DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer. After losing his father to a tragic battle with pancreatic cancer, DeSean and his mother, Gayle Jackson, teamed up to create a foundation dedicated to pancreatic cancer awareness and helping both victims and the families of the victims of this deadly form of cancer. But DeSean’s philanthropic endeavors do not end with his own foundation, DeSean has dedicated himself to assisting with a variety of anti-bullying initiatives, devoting countless hours to spreading the message of tolerance and friendship to both victims and culprits of bullying, making himself available as a mentor and a friend to local victims. DeSean recently released a children’s book called No Bullies in The Huddle, which has been very well received by the media, consumers and fans, and advocates messages of anti-bullying. In addition to his work with anti-bullying, DeSean is big on giving back to our US Troops and recently donated $50,000 to the Homes For Wounded Warriors Project.
With all of the good that DeSean does on and off the field giving back, the talent and passion he displays in the recording studio, his undeniable star power on camera and on the pages of countless magazines, and his ambition to create an empire for himself coupled with his legendary play on the field, it is no doubt that DeSean Jackson will continue to shine and dazzle as an icon and a role model for many years to come.