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DeSean Jackson has played football practically his entire life. This summer, the Eagles wide receiver's rocky rise to the sport's highest level will be chronicled in a documentary.
The film, titled “DeSean Jackson, The Making Of A Father’s Dream,” was made by the wideout's older brother Byron Jackson and centers around their father Bill Jackson pushing his sons to reach their dream of playing professional football.
A portion of the movie that Eagles fans might find particularly interesting is one of DeSean Jackson's first interactions with former head coach Andy Reid.
After the thrill of being selected by the Birds in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft, Jackson had a call with Reid that dampened the mood, according to Philadelphia Magazine.
“Hey, I just want to say one thing,” Jackson said to his inner circle. “I was on the phone with Andy Reid. He said, ‘I don’t want your family to be a problem. I don’t want to deal with your dad.’ He said some bad things. I just wanted to let you know. That’s kind of messed up, though.”
Byron Jackson was a guest Thursday on "Philly Sports Talk" and explained that any behavior from his Dad, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009, was merely his determination to see his children achieve the ultimate goal.
"You know, actually, yes it is [true]. If anyone knew my father, and knew his passion behind his kids and his passion to actually see his kids make it, he kind of sometimes rubbed people the wrong way," Byron Jackson said. "But at the end of the day, the bottom line was he had a lot of love for his kids and he did everything he could to help DeSean, and myself, become successful.
"Sometimes -- that's one of the messages from this movie -- you don't always do things the right way and sometimes you go about things the wrong way. Sometimes you're too emotional. We learned a lot, but at the end of the day, we learned that our father really had a passion for DeSean, me and any young kid that had dreams to make it."
Any initial issues from that phone call were all forgiven by DeSean Jackson and Reid. In a text to Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn, Reid said, "I have nothing but love for DeSean, and I grew to appreciate his father."
“DeSean Jackson, The Making Of A Father’s Dream” will be available on Xfinity On Demand June 13.