Regardless of how you feel about yesterday afternoon’s news that the Eagles had released DeSean Jackson, you woke up with a strange feeling this morning. I’m trying to remember the last time that I woke up in the morning, the day after a Philly sports team didn’t have a game, and I still thought about that team as my first thought. I guess when the Phillies signed Cliff Lee or when the Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha, was the last time–until this morning.
Today, I woke up feeling a void. For all the times where DeSean took games (or the entire 2011 season) off, or annoyed me with his Instagram posts, I had a soft spot for him. Don’t get me wrong, I was as big of a critic of Jackson’s game as you will find, but it wasn’t like I didn’t appreciate the arrogant touchdown celebrations after a game-changing punt-return or receiving touchdown. I LOVED that part of DeSean. And for all of the ups and downs, it wasn’t like DeSean was short on those type of moments either.
For a moment at least, let’s put aside the debate on whether fans should side with the Eagles or DeSean, and re-live his top five most electrifying moments as an Eagle.