DeSean Jackson has been putting it all on the table since landing $48.5 million from the Eagles. First, he guaranteed a Super Bowl for Philadelphia.
Second, he’s saying the money won’t change a thing. The chip that Jackson has been carrying on his shoulder will stay firmly in place.
“It don’t stop now,” Jackson told NFL Network on Thursday. “I’ve been hearing critics and I’ve been hearing negativity my whole life. With my structure — me being 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, people said I couldn’t make it to the NFL. People said I couldn’t be a star player in college. I just continue to hear it and just laugh at them.
“I’m just happy the Eagles believed in me, first and foremost, and I’m just going to go out there and continue to put up big numbers and put up big plays and prove to everybody I’m still a top receiver in this league.”
On paper, Jackson wasn’t a top receiver in 2011. His mostly nondescript season included 58 receptions, 961 yards, four touchdowns and a trail of bad press over how he dealt with his ongoing contract situation.
“They gave me their word, and I gave them my word,” Jackson said about reaching a deal. “Regardless of the negativity that people speak on, I promise that just motivates me. So just keep talking negative, man, because I’m going to go out there and keep proving what I need to do.”
The Eagles, for one, are banking on it.
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