DeSean Jackson ‘Disturbed’ By Fans’ Boos
DeSean Jackson bounced into Washington’s locker room, minutes after beating the Eagles, 38-24, with a gray ball cap resting atop his short, auburn dreadlocks, and a grin spread across his face. His teammates were shimmying and preening for a wall of television cameras and smartphones to Future’s “Stick Talk” blasting from speakers nearby, basking in their newfound division-champion glory.
He didn’t jump in front of the cameras; instead, Jackson bounced over to give handshakes to a few teammates, rapping along to the song, before he was ushered to the podium after Jay Gruden finished talking to reporters.
Jackson didn’t talk very much heading into this matchup, slightly out-of-character for the outspoken former Eagle.
The focus paid off with a win.
“It feels good,” Jackson said. “Can’t be a better feeling than to come back here in Philly and send them off, and send them on the road, too.”
He finished the game with four catches for 40 yards, at one point leaving the field with cramping, and was sure to shush a few Eagles fans before he left Lincoln Financial Field for the final time this season, a third straight win over his former team under his belt.
For the second consecutive season, Eagles fans weren’t shy when Jackson returned to the city. They booed him mercilessly, and in his postgame press conference, Jackson said the boos are slightly irritating to him.
“I started my career in Philly, and did some special things,” Jackson said. “I feel, in between the lines out there, I put in a lot of work, had a lot of success, and had the city behind me.
“It just — it’s disturbing to come back and get the boos from the crowd, and the fans, because, you know, it wasn’t my decision. Chip Kelly released me. All I did for the city and the community, I put my heart into it, so that part is frustrating.”
But, he reiterated, the Eagles are in the rearview. He’s with Washington now, and he’s heading to the playoffs, unlike the Eagles.
“It doesn’t get any better than coming here and beating them, putting [the Eagles] out, things like that,” Jackson said. “It’s on the guy [Kelly] over there; he’s coaching, he made the decision. I’m happy to be where I’m at, and we’re having a lot of success over here.”