A MIRACLE, INDEED
DeSEAN JACKSON’S MIRACLE OF THE MEADOWLANDS IS IN ITS OWN CLASS
BY RAY DIDINGER
When DeSean Jackson rejoined the Eagles
this year, he was joyously embraced
by the Philadelphia fans. He got the
loudest ovation at the Carson Wentz AO1
Foundation Softball Game in May and again
at the team’s Training Camp practice at
Lincoln Financial Field on August 4.
Eagles fans have a special place in their
hearts for Jackson and it is easy to
understand why. He is eighth in franchise
history for receptions (356) and fourth in
receiving yardage (6,117). He is second in
punt returns (131) and punt return yardage
(1,294), and he is tied with Darren Sproles
for most punt return touchdowns (4).
That’s a lot of production in six seasons
which is all Jackson spent in Philadelphia
before he began his gypsy tour of the NFL
in 2014. But now he is back and while there
are many great memories there is one that
shines brighter than the rest.
December 19, 2010 ...
The Eagles and New York Giants were tied,
31-31, with just seconds remaining in
regulation time. The Giants were forced to
punt and everyone was thinking overtime.
But DeSean Jackson changed all that.
Giants rookie Matt Dodge was under orders
to punt the ball out of bounds. Coach Tom
Coughlin did not want to take any chances
by allowing the explosive Jackson to field
the ball. However, the snap was high and
Dodge panicked. He rushed his kick and
instead of angling it toward the sideline,
he hit a low line drive directly to Jackson.
It was the worst kind of kick at the worst
possible time for the Giants.
Jackson bobbled the ball, scooped it up,
then took a few steps back. The Giants’
coverage team closed in but Jackson saw
an open lane. He dodged a tackler then
shifted into high gear, bursting through the
first wave of blue jerseys. He was in the
open field with only Dodge to beat and,
of course, the punter had no chance of
corralling Jackson who was in a full sprint.
In the broadcast booth, Merrill Reese and
Mike Quick provided a memorable call.
Reese clicked off the yard lines – “He’s at
midfield, he’s at the 40, the 30 ...” – while
in the background Quick could be heard
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