DeSean Jackson had an issue with Donovan McNabb over 2009 Pro Bowl comment

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DeSean Jackson and Donovan McNabb spent two years together in Philadelphia. After the second season, McNabb said something that would have made a third season more interesting, if McNabb hadn’t been traded.

Appearing on the I Am Athlete podcast (via TMZ.com), Jackson explained that McNabb disagreed with Jackson making it to the Pro Bowl in 2009.

“When the ballots came out, and they found out that I was the first player in NFL history to get elected to start in the Pro Bowl for two positions,” Jackson said, “my starting quarterback tells Michael Vick, ‘Damn, I don’t think he should’ve got that. He shouldn’t have deserved that.'”

Jackson wasn’t happy with the remark. He said he never raised it with McNabb.

In 2009, Jackson caught 62 passes for 1,156 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 137 rushing yards and one touchdown.

In early 2010, McNabb was traded to Washington. Jackson made it to the Pro Bowl without McNabb. McNabb did not.

28 responses to “DeSean Jackson had an issue with Donovan McNabb over 2009 Pro Bowl comment

  1. He was basically 23 years old, averaging almost 20 yards per catch & was a dynamite return man. On top of being the 2nd fastest in the league (Devin Hester). Tell McNabb to kick rocks, I’ve never seen DeSean throw up in a game either.

  2. 13 years ago and all, may be time to let some of this stuff go.

    That being said, if McNabb was complaining about his teams top offensive weapon and playmaker going to the Pro Bowl, then….well, that speaks for itself.

  3. How does he know McNabb said it if the conversation didn’t include him and then he never talked to him about it?

  4. You have to give McCoy, Marshall, & Jones credit for getting people to say some pretty revealing things.
    What’s fascinating is that everyone involved in this particular episode, each have had their own controversial issues at certain times.
    The should re-name their podcast “The Dirt Under The Rug”.

  5. They were both “good not great” players. I don’t hold it against them.

  6. He absolutely should have made it as a returner. As a receiver, it’s far from as clear cut. For a start, it depends on the context – was McNabb saying he shouldn’t have made the Pro Bowl, which is debateable, or that he shouldn’t have been named a starter, in which case McNabb is right – Miles Austin, Sidney Rice and Steve Smith all had batter seasons than Jackson and Smith had to make the Pro Bowl as an alternate. Pretty weird he felt the need to actually say it – even if it’s true, you should stick by your guy.

  7. That is textbook McNabb: stupid, offensive, and self-centered. DeSean started his career like a Tyreek Hill player. Jackson was the best punt returner in the league (stats). He also had 1136 and 9 at 18.6 per catch. In the name of all non-oblivious Philly fans, we still don’t like you, fat 5.

  8. touchback6 says:
    June 4, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    How does he know McNabb said it if the conversation didn’t include him and then he never talked to him about it?

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    You should read the link provided in the story.
    The answer is there. Jackson claims that he overheard the conversation. Next time do your own research.

  9. Classic McNabb – not being able to get over himself. T.O. was the ultimate challenge, but he was also the missing link to greatness for that Eagles offense. McNabb needed to overcome himself to a degree to make it work. Would have been special if they played together a few years with Westbrook.

  10. I didn’t read it the way Jackson is reading it at all.

    It sounds to me like McNabb was saying Jackson’s season didn’t warrant him being the first person chosen for the Pro Bowl at two positions, not that Jackson didn’t deserve to go to the Pro Bowl.

    That’s a very different argument to make, and I don’t disagree with McNabb for making it.

    Would I have said it about my own teammate? No. But McNabb wasn’t calling Jackson a scrub who didn’t belong in the Pro Bowl. McNabb said his season wasn’t so special that he should be the first guy to start at two positions in the Pro Bowl.

  11. Didn’t Joe Klecko make the Pro Bowl at 3 different positions (DE, DT, and NT) years earlier?

  12. ‘McNabb said his season wasn’t so special that he should be the first guy to start at two positions in the Pro Bowl.’

    Hard to know what McNabb said, this is just DeSean recollection from 2009, probably not word for word, paraphrasing it.

    But it is strange to say the least, if McNabb said something about it. DeSean was the best punt returner that year, the Eagles best player on offense. And if he starts at WR and punt returner in the Pro Bowl, why would that bother his QB?

  13. Andy Reid should be in the HOF first ballot if for no other reason than he was saddled with McNabb as his starting OB and still won multiple division titles, reached 5 NFC Championship games, and came within 3 points of beating NE in the Super Bowl

  14. McNabb was always kind of an ass. And thats probably why you hear his name so infrequently now, cuz no one wants to talk to him or cares what he thinks. If you do its usually associated with a DUI or something like this.

  15. Time for people to admit Rush Limbaugh was right about McNabb. He was overrated as a leader.

  16. From what I’ve gathered by watching interviews over the years , it seems like McNabb is condescending ..

  17. Seen McNabb on several occasions during the school year because our kid’s compete in the same sports- saw him at the Tempe SuperRegional last too. Pretty sure this topic ranks further than the last thing on his mind.

  18. It’s not like McNabb’s a Rhodes scholar. So not surprising to hear he made a comment like this.

  19. Ask T.O. who blew chow in the Super Bowl because he couldn’t hang? McNabb was a product of Reid and overrated his entire career. I’m with Jackson here.

  20. McNabb is an ass. I took my 10 year old daughter to get autographs at an Eagles charity event back in the day. McNabb was so cold and never even looked at her or spoke as he signed her football. Brian Westbrook was a joy, he joked with her posed for a picture and was totally friendly.

    Night and day.

  21. And Donovan McNubb telegraphed the type of play that was going to be run by the way he moved his head. Doubt me, start watching film. You will notice that on running plays he always holds his head a certain way. And on passing plays the moves his head around. It was uncanny how he was telegraphing plays and he should have been the most sacked QB ever.

  22. momi says:
    June 4, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Classic McNabb – not being able to get over himself. T.O. was the ultimate challenge, but he was also the missing link to greatness for that Eagles offense. McNabb needed to overcome himself to a degree to make it work. Would have been special if they played together a few years with Westbrook.
    …………………….

    Truer words were ever spoken !

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