Derrick Gunn recently sat down with DeSean Jackson to discuss the wide receiver's thoughts on Chip Kelly's new offense, Jackson's career thus far, his relationship with his father, his tweets and his upbringing. Here's Part II of Gunner's three-part interview with Jackson:
Derrick Gunn: June 13 is a big day for you. "The Making of a Father's Dream." Eighteen years in the making coming out. I'll ask you like I asked your brother last week: Why this particular time to come out when there's still so much of your story to be told?
DeSean Jackson: That's a good question. Honestly this DVD was probably supposed to come out my first year in the NFL. It's being one of those things where a family inspiration and a father who passed away my first year in the NFL. Everything kind of happened so soon and real fast. At the same time, my dad worked his whole life to get my family and myself where I'm at today. It was just one of them things where it's just like his life had to be taken away. Just going throughout the years, you know my brother trying to put this project together, it was tough because we didn't really have no support. But, [we used] my funds and my brother's mom's funds and all types of different things in the family to really get it to where it's at.
Now we're glad to say we're at that final stage where we're able to release it and let the world see my story. And not only that, I'm talented and able to run so fast and do all these great things, but I've really put in the work since Day 1 and been pushed and had the support of a great family leading me to where I need to lead to. So at the same time, it's a blessing to be able to let the whole world see that documentary coming out. My dad's up high praying and just still asking for the best of his son and I'm going to just go out there and continue to live up for his name.
G: Will there be a sequel?
DJ: [laughs] So far where I think it's going to be a huge documentary. I don't think that film has never really been seen. At such a young age, I could probably think back to being four or five years old and almost going through every step of my life. From middle school to high school to college and just the decisions and the obstacles that I had to go through. This is going to be a big thing and I'm just happy to say it's going to come out.
G: At one point in the documentary you talked about your conversation with Andy Reid on draft night, and he said some things to you that kind of offended you. How much did that hurt you?
DJ: It was one of those situations where we kind of figured going through my college career, having the success I had at Cal and the opportunity [head coach] Jeff Tedford gave me there, and I was able to get to my junior year, and when you put your papers in to see where they rank you for the NFL, and it came back first round, so having the junior year like that I was thinking like, 'Man, I'm going to take that chance and go to the NFL.' It was a big step for myself.
At the same time I didn't think that everyone wanted me to leave [Cal], but I felt that I needed to do what I needed to do to take care of my family and get to where I need to get to. It was just a situation where my dad had a couple of incidents with Jeff Tedford at Cal and a couple of things he probably could have handled different as a parent. But that's neither here nor there. Some things that were said, coach Reid basically said he didn't want to have to deal with my father as far as any negativity.
My dad, he was all about his son. He told the whole world about this Desean Jackson guy, how good he was and all this stuff. If he felt someone was taking advantage of me or someone wasn't treating me how he wanted me to be treated, he had a fit. And my dad was very vocal at the same time. At games, if I did have five or ten catches he would be in the stands just losing his mind, so I think it was a conversation that Jeff Tedford had with coach Reid who really just told me he didn't want to have my dad as a distraction or have my dad making any problems. If anyone knows my dad, that's just how my dad works and he cared about his kids. He did whatever to protect them that he felt was right.
G: Initially when he came into the league, did that ever affect your relationship with Andy Reid, and how did your relationship end in five years with Andy Reid?
DJ: It never really affected the relationship between me and coach Reid, because I could understand where he got the information from and basically what it meant. Knowing my dad, I could understand it because my dad at the time, he was wild and he was crazy. And how our relationship ended when coach Reid left here, I give him nothing but the utmost respect for giving me the opportunity drafting me.
After 32 teams went in the first round and probably another seven or eight teams drafted and coach Reid actually gave me the opportunity in the second round to come here to Philadelphia and show my talents, and not only that, but also bring me in and help me get to the level where I need to get to and to understand in regards to how talented I was that I still needed to get in here and put in the work, and I was able to do that.
To come here and start as a rookie and really just set crazy numbers off the charts. That's neither here nor there again, this is 2013. This season is honestly a huge season for myself. So with all that being said, the documentary and everything else I have going on -- on and off the field -- I'm focused to be here. From starting training camp to the end of the season, whatever it is I need to do to help this team succeed, that's what I want to do. I'm expecting a lot out of myself this year and I'm going to put a lot of my soul into this team. Bleed green [laughs].