DeSean Jackson promised Philadelphia Eagles fans at his retirement ceremony that they would be seeing a “lot more of me.” He told everyone to stay tuned as he happily embarked on his post-playing phase.
Well, that didn’t take too long. Jackson, a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, kicked off Eagles-Cowboys Week by challenging Dez Bryant to a $10,000 bet. Fresh off a 42-19 bludgeoning at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, Jackson told Bryant to ignore that Eagles’ beatdown and have that “10k ready for Sunday night” when Dallas hosts Philadelphia at 8:20 p.m. in a pivotal NFC East showdown. It’s a must-win game for both teams as they jockey for playoff seeding in the conference.
DeSean Jackson and Dez Bryant do battle once again
Bryant, who suited up in 113 games for the Cowboys over eight seasons, was quick to accept Jackson’s challenge while letting him know that he plans on “smoking on that Eagle Pack” come Sunday night. Bryant pulled out a fresh stack of hundred-dollar bills (including one band of fifty-dollar bills) and counted them out for everyone to see on Instagram.
Yes, the dollar amount totaled $10,000. The bet is officially on after Bryant added some well-timed trash talk to the post: “Jacc, we about to beat y’all ass on Sunday. Make sure you got your $10,000 because I’m taking your shit.”
DeSean Jackson Posts Video of Eagles Star DeVonta Smith
DeSean Jackson purposely chose to post a video of Eagles star receiver DeVonta Smith underneath his challenge to Dez Bryant. In it, Smith is celebrating a touchdown against the Cowboys by hilariously stealing fake money out of The Salvation Army’s red kettle which sits outside the end zone at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Several creative-minded players — remember Terrell Owens going viral in 2006? — have used the charity as props in scoring dances.
Anyway, Jackson is a huge fan of Smith and shared how he sees similarities between the young receiver and himself. He called Smith “one of the top receivers in the league,” adding that his ability to go up and make contested catches in traffic despite his small stature (Smith is affectionately known as “The Slim Reaper” measuring 6-foot and weighing 170 pounds) is what makes him so dangerous.
“DeVonta Smith … man, he’s a heck of a player,” Jackson said. “I watched him at Alabama and the things he was able to accomplish at Alabama, he might be a little taller than me but the stature and the frame, are obviously the same. Skinny, not really the biggest, but the way he’s able to go up and catch the football, the way he’s able to make plays, I definitely see a lot of similarities in him. And I look forward to continuing to watch him play in a Philadelphia Eagles green jersey. I definitely think he’s one of the top receivers in the league.”
The Eagles and Cowboys are set to do battle under the primetime lights this week on NBC. We’ll have full coverage of the game here at Philly Sports Network.
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