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A few nights ago I was among media members, an invited guest to view a screening of "DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father's Dream."
Going in I didn't know what to expect, and when I heard it was 1 hour, 40 minutes long I thought to myself I can't wait to get to the nearest exit. But when it was over, I sat there for a moment soaking in what I had witnessed and I came away impressed -- touched by an average family's commitment of living a dream through DeSean Jackson.
In the documentary, you get a better understanding of Jackson's father Bill, an opinionated, passionate, driven man who would confront DeSean's coaches if his son didn't get the ball enough from the time he was a small boy in peewee football right through his college days at the University of California. Jackson's older brother, Byron, had the vision to film DeSean and the family's every move over a span of 18 years. Then there are four adopted brothers who all played football at various levels. These are the entities that made up "Team Jackson."
A close-knit family that didn't have much, wasn't given much and didn't need much -- except the love they had for each other -- the Jacksons argued (like any family does) along the way, but everyone saw something special in young DeSean and would not let him stray from the course of being the best he could possibly be. You'll see how hard they all pushed him on the field to hone his skills. It's a journey that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride, from the highs of watching Jackson excel on the gridiron to the low of witnessing his father slowly dying of pancreatic cancer.
Seeing DeSean grow up right before your eyes gives you better insight into who he is today. You learn how he became a gifted speed merchant and why he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Whether you're a fan of him or not, you will appreciate this human interest voyage. It is available on iN DEMAND. As it turns out, it was completely the opposite of what I thought I was going to see.