Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, despite being relatively short and skinny, has become one of the best players in the NFL. The fact that he routinely thrives amid a storm of much larger and thicker men, coupled with his youth, likely makes him feel fairly invincible whenever he’s not avoiding NFL players in full pads.
That mindset possibly prompted Jackson to conclude that nothing bad could come from attempting skateboard tricks or whipping around in a small go-kart on smooth concrete.
The folks at BuzzFeed.com and BleedingGreenNation.com are among those who have posted video of Jackson’s visit to the set of MTV’s Fantasy Factory. And Jackson’s fantasies are surely the stuff of nightmares for Eagles management and Jackson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus — especially since Rosenhaus client Terrell Owens tore an ACL recently doing something other than playing or practicing football.
Jackson has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and he surely will land at some point a gigantic payday. But the team already has concerns about his long-term durability, and DeSean’s interest in exposing his ACLs to the sudden twisting and stopping of jumping (or, more accurately, landing) on a skateboard won’t do anything to alleviate those worries.
Though Jackson can do whatever he wants during the lockout, look for the Eagles to insist that Jackson won’t continue to do those sorts of things if/when he gets his new contract.