DeSean Jackson, a wide receiver who ranks among the NFL's all-time greats, has announced his retirement at age 37. Jackson spent 14 seasons in the league, earning three Pro Bowl honors and a Super Bowl championship with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson's career was defined by his electrifying speed and big-play ability. He holds the NFL record for most career catches of 60 yards or more, with 26, and ranks third all-time in return yards. Jackson was also a dangerous threat in the red zone, totaling 58 receiving touchdowns during his career.
"DeSean Jackson was one of the most dynamic and explosive playmakers in NFL history," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "He was a true game changer who could score from anywhere on the field. We are incredibly grateful for his contributions to our organization and the city of Philadelphia."
Jackosn is a true Eagles legend
Jackson spent the most productive years of his career with the Eagles, playing for the team from 2008 to 2013 and again from 2019 to 2020.
During his time in Philadelphia, Jackson helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl in 2018. He also played for the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Jackson was known for his outgoing personality and infectious energy which always adorned him.
He was a beloved figure in the Philadelphia community, and will be missed by Eagles fans everywhere. "DeSean Jackson was a special player and a special person," Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. "He brought so much joy to the game and will always be remembered as one of the Eagles' all-time greats." Jackson's retirement marks the end of an era for the Eagles and the NFL.
He was a true pioneer who helped revolutionize the wide receiver position. Jackson will one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his legacy will surely live on for generations to come.