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Not only was Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson a five-star football recruit in high school, but he was a baseball prospect as well.
During yesterday’s coverage of National Signing Day, video surfaced of Jackson making his decision to play at Call 10 years ago.
In front of him at the table where he would say yes to the Golder Bears were hats from Cal, USC and Oklahoma, signifying his final three choices for college ball.
But, as you’ll see, there were also hats for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as the possibility of baseball at the next level remained.
Starting at the 1:50 mark of the video, you’ll see Jackson running down a pop-fly and getting himself a hit.
During his senior season, Jackson batted .296 with 25 stolen bases and 20 runs score.
He told Philly.com in 2008 that while he wanted to play baseball while he wasn’t doing work on the gridiron, it was suggested to him that he should stick to just one sport.
“The scout asked me if I’d give up football to play baseball,” Jackson said. “I told him I’d go play in the minor leagues in the off-season, but I was going to play football. They just wanted me to give it up. I was going to play both when I got to [the University of California], but I was so successful my first year of football that I didn’t do it.”
So, Jackson ended his baseball career, paving the way for one of the most prolific NFL careers in recent years:
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