Monday, September 28, 2009
Eagles' Jackson took one for the team Sunday
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had never taken a pain-killing injection before a game -- until Sunday. Without the injection, he probably wouldn't have been much of a factor against the Kansas City Chiefs. But after seeking advice from teammates, Jackson took the shot to help ease the pain in his injured groin.
He responded with perhaps the best day of his career. Jackson was the best player on the field in leading the Eagles to a 34-14 win. And I think that overrides the fact that he did a somersault followed by an awkward split in the end zone to celebrate his touchdown. Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann attempts to analyze the two sides of Jackson this morning.
"But there is this thing about Jackson," writes Hofmann. "He is a great player, and he has some great qualities, but he risks trivializing his image with the rest of this stuff. We all know what happened last year, when a premature celebration in Dallas cost him a touchdown. He already has been penalized and fined this season for a touchdown celebration that went too far. Now, this."
I see where Rich is coming from, but I think it's pretty much impossible for a somersault or an extended celebration to trivialize a 149-yard receiving day. As long as Jackson continues to put up big numbers, I'm sure coach Andy Reid will live with some of his antics.
What do you think? Do Jackson's end zone celebrations bother Eagles fans at all?