DeSean Jackson reaches out to Utah WR who dropped ball before scoring



2017-11-13

DeSean Jackson.

Jackson did the same thing, a mistake that will probably be associated with his name for a long time. When Jackson was a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008, during a "Monday Night Football" game at Dallas he dropped the ball before he crossed the goal line, negating a sure 61-yard touchdown. It's probably remembered so well because erasing that touchdown provided the most famous bad beat in fantasy football history. Jackson, who is now with the Washington Redskins, admits he had a touchdown dance planned and was a little too excited to get to it.

When Utah's Kaelin Clay made the same mistake, Jackson felt for him. Clay's postgame comments, in which he rightfully took responsibility for the error, were heartbreaking. Instead of Utah going up 14-0, Oregon's touchdown on the return made it 7-7. And how's this for a small-world coincidence: Jackson and Clay both attended Long Beach Poly High School.

According to an NFL Network interview, in the video above, Jackson called Clay's father and relayed words of encouragement and advice. Jackson said he wanted Clay to know not to get down on himself. That's a pretty gracious move.

"It's a bonehead mistake. Hopefully he'll learn from that," Jackson (who actually gave away another touchdown at a high-school all-star game with a premature celebration) said on NFL Network. "I did it one time and you'll never, ever see it again."

It's an embarrassing play, one that most sports fans have seen by now. Hopefully Clay can move on from it and turn it into a positive, like Jackson has.

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