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DeSean Jackson's premature celebration

9/15/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
IRVING, Texas -- According to our crack ESPN Research team, Eagles rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson has some history with celebrating would-be touchdowns a little early:

DeSean Jackson was only a few steps away from what would have been a 53-yard touchdown in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. But with an Alamodome crowd of 30,305 roaring in anticipation and a national television audience watching on NBC, he figured the situation called for a little extra sizzle.

"I got a little carried away and I did something I shouldn't have done," said Jackson, who not only failed to score but was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when his swan dive from the 5-yard line came up 1-yard short.

Jackson more than atoned for his misguided stunt with seven catches for 141 yards and a 45-yard TD pass to teammate Ryan Perrilloux as the West all-stars dominated the East, 35-3, in the fifth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Thanks to senior blog correspondent Ed Werder for forwarding this note.