October 9, 2013, 11:00 am
[Reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, 10/12/2013]
For the fourth time in his six-year career, DeSean Jackson has been named NFC Player of the Week.
Jackson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after catching seven passes for 132 yards, including a 56-yarder from Michael Vick and a five-yard touchdown from Nick Foles, in the Eagles’ 36-21 win over the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
It was his third 100-yard game of the season and 18th of his career.
Jackson was previously named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his two-TD performance at Washington on Oct. 26, 2009, and after a career-best 210-yard receiving game at Dallas on Dec. 12, 2010. He was also named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his historic last-second game-winning punt return touchdown vs. the Giants on Dec. 13, 2009. He was also NFC Special Teams Player of the Month twice in 2009.
Jackson is the first Eagle in nearly two years to receive any of the NFC Player of the Week awards. LeSean McCoy was the last to be named Offensive PoW, after the first Dallas game last year.
Jackson ranks fourth in the NFL so far this year with 525 yards on 28 catches. His 5,310 career receiving yards are 10th-most in NFL history by a player before his 27th birthday, and he has potentially six more games before he turns 27 on Dec. 1.
Even though he’s early in his sixth season, Jackson is already seventh in franchise history in receiving yards and within range of Bobby Walston (5,363), Tommy McDonald (5,499) and Pete Pihos (5,619) in the next several weeks.
After scoring just six touchdowns the last two years, Jackson already has three TDs this year. He needs just 475 yards for his third 1,000-yard season and first since 2010.
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