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DeSean Jackson's woeful punt return and the worst plays of his career

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On Monday Night Football, DeSean Jackson managed to trend on Twitter and hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Bone-headed Error

The Washington Redskins wide receiver may have scored an incredibly important touchdown to level the game up in the dying moments - before the Dallas Cowboys finally got the win - but that wasn't why he was one of the top trends on Monday night and into Tuesday.

Jackson drew the ire and laughs of the world thanks to his ridiculous punt return which saw him get to the 20-yard line, run back towards his own endzone, before eventually getting hit and fumbling around the 15. It might be surprising, but this isn't the dumbest play of D-Jax's career and we're going to take a look at three of them here.


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3) High School Shocker

Jackson was an absolute star in high school and boy did he know it. He was named the 2004 Glenn Davis Award winner as Southern California's player of the year and was one of the best receiver prospects of his class, committing to the Cal Golden Bears after a senior season that saw him catch 60 passes for 1,075 yards for 15 touchdowns.

Because of these exploits, Jackson was nominated to the Army All-American game, where he managed to embarrass himself massively. With the end-zone in front of him and no defenders in sight, Jackson tried to somersault in for a touchdown from five yards out.

It failed. Jackson landed at the one-yard line and left the ball there, where it was picked up by a defender as a fumble. Here's the video...

2) Premature Celebration

The Eagles drafted Jackson with the 49th overall pick in 2008 and hoped the flashy youngster would become a big part of their offense straight away.

What they probably weren't hoping for was him to throw touchdowns away, which happened during the first Monday Night Football game of his career. Against NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys, Jackson hauled in a deep pass from Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb and had nothing but clear air between him and the endzone. 

Instead of just sprinting across the white line for the TD, Jackson decided to flick the ball out of his hands as he crossed the goal-line. Except he didn't do that, he threw it away at the one-yard line, before breaking the plane.

To make things even better, that would have been DeSean's first touchdown in the NFL. Incredible.

1) Monday Night Mayhem

Alright, we lied. This play was genuinely terrible and a real contender for worst return in NFL history. Just look at it and see for yourself.

This had to make it into the list. Gifting easy points to a divisional rival in a game that could have huge complications for the playoff race is criminal.


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