Yesterday DeSean Jackson stole the souls of the New York Giants fans with the first ever walk-off punt return in NFL history. He is undoubtedly a “Love him if he’s on your team, hate him if he’s not” kind of player. The 65 yard punt return by Jackson today to end the game put the Eagles one step closer to clinching the NFC East.
It’s not so much that Jackson, has a flair for the big play, it’s his showboating antics that get a rise out of his opponents and detractors and adoration from his teammates and fans. The man is a human highlight reel. You never know what you are going to get but you know it’s going to be exciting.
Today we were shooting hoops and every person left the floor and went to check the television to see the Jackson replay. Nobody could believe it. The fact that the Eagles came back to be in position to win was amazing in itself. All the person who came in the gym had to say was “The Jerk” did it to the Giants. Everyone bolted out the door to see the replay.
If you missed it, Here it is:
This has been a big week for Jackson as he stole the soul of my Dallas Cowboys as well last Sunday night. The Eagles start inside their 10 tied at 20 and the Cowboys are closing in on them. Michael Vick threw a remarkable bullet pass to Jackson along the left sideline and “The Jerk” outran the Cowboys secondary to the one-yard line, where he stopped, turned and fell into the end zone to complete the backbreaking play. The Eagles went on to win 30-27.
Sunday the Eagles were in an even bigger predicament down 31 - 10 in the late stages of the game found a way to score 28 points in the last 7 minutes of the game. That is a feat in itself. That is hard to do in Madden or Tecmo Bowl.
Michael Vick made his case for MVP and I know Tom Brady will probably get it, but Vick has made a believer out of me, his team, and the entire nation. Even when things weren’t looking good, Vick had that look of determination on his face. He was walking up and down the sidelines making his team believe. And when the defense stepped up, it happened. Michael “Crazy Legs” Vick just finds a way. He’s done it with his legs, he’s done it with his arms, and he’s even handed off and let someone else do it.
I will even give Andy Reid some credit. After watching the replay of the game, the best decision he made was running the ball more in the second half. He allowed the defense to get a second wind and he made the Giants change the way they were playing defense. The biggest thing he’s done is take an athlete and coach him up. Props to the entire Eagles organization for making Vick the centerpiece of your young core of guys. Now pay the man.. Oh and pay DeSean Jackson too. They are both deserving of some real nice contracts.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m out!