DeSean Jackson, Back Pack Give-a-Way at Boys and Girls Club, Manassas, VA

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August 25, 2014

The first annual, DJACC Back Pack Give-A-Way, was held at the Boys and Girls Club, Manasas, VA, today. Over 250 NIKE book bags with school supplies were distributed to youth who were surprised by DeSean Jackson, of the Washington Redskins, and his mother, Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation.

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164,789 Washington Redskin Fans Attend 2014 Skins’ Training Camp

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The Washington Redskins, Community Relations Department, reports that 164,789 fans at an average of 10,986/day attended the 2014 training camp. Gayle Jackson, President, of the DeSean Jackson Foundation went to several sessions and was welcomed and embraced by the “AWESOME” Washington Redskin management, staff, media and loyal fan base. #HTTR

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DeSean Jackson Visits East High School, Salt Like City, Utah

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During the off season, Brandon Matich, Head Football Coach, at East High School, Salt Lake City, extended an invitation for DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins, to facilitate a meeting with his students. Jackson, who maximizes every opportunity to motivate and inspire youth, immediately accepted the invitation with the stipulation that the event incorporate Jackson’s interest in promoting healthy lifestyles, anti-bullying and serving others. We extend or sincere thanks to Coach Matich and East High School for this opportunity to showcase our CEO, DeSean Jackson, Team Jackson and The DeSean Jackson Foundation.

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Contact Information: Brandon Matich, Head Football Coach, East High School, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 583-1661, brandonmatich@slcschools.org

DeSean Jackson Takes Anti-Bullying Message to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Watch DeSean Jackson give an anti-bullying talk at a local school

By Keith McMillan
May 7 at 6:59 am

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DeSean Jackson spoke to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently. (Courtesy NFLPA)

If your only exposure to NFL players is on game day, and you only know new Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson by what you’ve read, here’s an opportunity to get to know him by his own words. And in more than a sound bite. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the NFL Players Association shared a video of Jackson opening up about being bullied and his experience as a mentor to a child who had been bullied, and taking questions from students about that and other topics.

It’s nearly 15 minutes long, but it’s punctuated with funny moments (the 3:35 mark, for instance) as well as insight. Jackson talks for about five minutes, then turns it over to the students for questions. If you watch the entire video, you’ll find out about Jackson’s relationship with his brothers, what happened when he called out some bullies during a talk in Long Beach, Calif., where he went to high school, which NFL player he looked up to and what kind of baseball player he was.

If nothing else, if you’re a Redskins fan with preconceived notions about Jackson, this is worth your time:

● Related: All Insider posts about DeSean Jackson | Jackson’s childhood

DeSean Jackson and Arsenio Hall Discuss His Release

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April 22, 2014

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When DeSean Jackson appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Monday night, he reminded the host — and the audience — how many times the Redskins play the Eagles this season. Just in case anyone had forgotten.

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“Oh yeah, twice. Two times, not once, twice,” said the Redskins‘ newest receiver.

Not that DeSean Jackson is eager for those games or anything.

“I’m sure those two games, there’s gonna be something special about those two games, for sure. I gotta definitely go up on that,” he said.

With the NFL schedule being released soon, it’s quite natural to assume one of those two games will be nationally televised.

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Jackson’s appearance was wisely set up as he tries to reshape his image after taking a beating just before and after the Eagles released him last month. Gang affiliations, questions about work ethic and his standing among teammates — it added up to quite a negative portrait.

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But Jackson, who signed with the Washington Redskins five days after his release, has come across well in interviews, and that was the case again on Hall’s show. Granted, any such show should be a safe haven for a celebrity, but, regardless, it helps spin a different narrative. Jackson also benefits from an audience that showered him with applause. More than anything, though, he has to make sure his teammates view him a certain way. It’s good to win the PR battle in April; it’s better to cement yourself in the locker room by your attitude, your work ethic and performance in the fall. Ultimately, that’s how he’ll be judged. And, no, he did not miss any Redskins workouts to attend the taping of the show. The players are off.

For now, though, this is his chance to reveal himself.

Hall even asked whether Jackson felt there were some things he had to change about himself because of what happened — based on feeling that the Eagles might have had a point.

“I’m an honest person, I’m a realist at the end of the day. I’m human, I’m not perfect,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, I came in the NFL 20 years old, so that was a lot given to me. Coming from where I came from, I had to get along, I had to learn some things, I had to go through what I did to get to where I am now. I’m 27 now. I can definitely say I learned a lot. For sure I’m gonna do some things different, but, as far as, like, overall, being a bad energy in the locker room, none of that stuff ever occurred. I love my teammates.”

Jackson recalled how his release happened.

“It was almost unreal, honestly. My agent called me because I missed the call from [the] head coach, and I’m sitting there like, ‘What’s the reason behind it, what’s going on? Somebody tell me,'” Jackson said.

“Basically, [coach Chip Kelly] told me, ‘I think it’s best for the team and I think it’s best for yourself [to part ways]. We’re gonna let you negotiate with 31 other teams.’ So I’m like, ‘Are you sure?’ I asked him one more time, I asked him what’s the reason, he said that’s what it was. I’m like, let’s get it started, let’s get it going.”

So, yeah, two times.

And Jackson talked about not abandoning his boyhood friends.

“A lot of us all said we wanted to make it, and I was fortunate enough to make it,” he said. “I want to share life with my boys. I want them to come out, have a good time. I want them to live the life I’m living, too.”

Gayle Jackson and NFL Moms Promote Literacy at 92nd Elementary (Watts)

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Gayle Jackson, mother of All Pro, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson; Cheryl Foster, mother of DeShawn Foster; and, Kim Mallory, mother of Stefan Johnson recently took time off from their off season time with their families to enrich the lives of the youth at 92nd Elementary School, in Watts. Priscilla Currie, Principal, at 92nd Elementary and the entire student population welcomed the NFL Moms who were scheduled to make several visits to local elementary schools to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and promote literacy. Mrs. Jackson took the time to discuss her son’s career in the NFL and recently published book that focuses on bullying.

The NFL Moms were Awesome, elegant, graceful, compassionate and caring. They are ‘unofficial ambassadors’ of the NFL who give their time and personal resources to build caring communities throughout the league and underserved communities throughout the nation.

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DeSean Jackson on Fashion Police with Joan Rivers

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DeSean Jackson, Ceo, The DeSean Jackson Foundation, and NFL All Pro, appeared on “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa Rivers.

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Jackson embraced the opportunity to be a fashion critic on the other side of celebrity ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ having often received criticism for his “Cali Swag”; and was joined on the panel by Kelli Osborne.

Much love to Joan and Melissa for this opportunity to showcase our multi-talented CEO.

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