• October 5, 2022

The Jackson Hit Was As Vicious As Any I’ve Seen

Kevin Kolb made the throw out of desperation.  He was under pressure and was simply trying to make something happen.

Atlanta cornerback Donta Robinson saw the whole thing developing.  He saw that Kolb was in trouble and about to be sacked.

He also saw DeSean Jackson coming his way as the lightning quick number 10 tried to lose the cornerback who was covering him.  Jackson was trying to get open, so he could be a target for Kolb.

The Eagles quarterback was about to be sacked, as he tried to throw the ball to Jackson who was running a crossing route.  When he let the ball go, it just hung up there, which is the worse thing that can happen to the football for a receiver. The longer the ball hangs up there, the longer defender have to get you and the ball.

It had to have seemed like an eternity for Jackson as he waited for the football to get to him.

This gave Robinson time to start from his coverage outside in the left flat.  He was able to go inside toward Jackson.

The diminutive wide receiver reached for the ball as it hung in the air.  It hit his hands then Robinson hit him.

He didn’t hit him with his head but he hit him with his shoulder right under Jackson’s chin.

The speedy wide receiver’s head snapped back.  The ball fell out of his arms, then Jackson lay on the ground motionless for what seemed to be a minute.  The trainers were out there in a flash, they knew this was a bad one.

Jason Avant told me that it looked like Robinson got the worst of the hit.  His eyes were rolling around in the back of his head.

It took a while but both of them eventually got up from the collision.

When head coach Andy Reid was asked about the hit, he responded with a common sense answer.  “When they take both players off [the field] and neither come back [into the game], that’s a violent collision.”

I don’t see any way that Jackson plays next week against the Titans.  I think it’s the kind of hit that’s going to stay with him the rest of his career.


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October 18, 2010 12:14 am

When you look not to get hit that is when the hit happens I know he wants a new contract however you can not play scared

jimmy mac
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October 18, 2010 12:22 am

I stopped what I was doing ( eating and drinking and loving the game)..and immediately got on my knee’s and started praying. I thought it might’ve been life-threatening. What a brave dude DeSean is. I’m really worried about his career in this league. How many shots like that can his little body possibly take?

October 18, 2010 1:26 am

What is it with Eagles players and concussions. Do we have a different supplier making our helmets than every other team in the league?

October 18, 2010 7:24 am

Obviously the Eagles brass is on a Mission from God to reduce expenditures and get rid of DJAx before they have to pay him when his rookie contract expires. There can be no other explanation for this, as any smart coaching staff (which seriously the Birds generally have) would not keep calling crossing routes where a 165 pound receiver would catch the ball around the area where a MLB could clobber him. DJax was lucky to be laid out by someone approaching his size, rather than one of the LB’s.

Seriously – come on Big Red. Start designing the offense around the players on the team, not based on a Bill Walsh diary.

And… got to love the King. Only one penalty (facemask right???) and correctly making a TD call on the bomb. Hope Peters is either history or wakes up from his trance.

October 18, 2010 7:43 am

So when are they going to start teaching players to tackle at waist level instead of face level?

October 18, 2010 8:06 am
October 18, 2010 8:32 am

Former NFL HOF line man Artie Donovan gotn it right
He said you want to stop these helmet to helmet hits and using the head as a battering ram etc

“Take the face masks off the Helmets”

I agree but only for the defense

See if they lead with their heads when the face can get busted up

October 18, 2010 9:21 am

When Bednarik hit Gifford–Gifford was carried off on a stretcher and didn’t play the following year

October 18, 2010 12:01 pm


I couldn’t care less what my face looks like after a good football hit. Facemask or not. I’m a predator. Who’s this cheerleader? I do agree with you that that hit was as bad as Hartenstine on Jaworski when the Bears played the Eagles (and I think it was the Birds’ first playoff game in quite a while.) It was Buddy’s present to Philadelphia before he came here. Vicious, vicious hit from behind.
DeSean should not ever even consider thinking twice about that catch though. Career-ending kind of thought marination….

October 18, 2010 12:33 pm

Glad to see you are a tougher guy than WWII Marine and all pro HOF lineman Artie Donovan