September 14, 2008 |
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Long before his impressive debut with the Chicago Bears, Matt Forte had to wait to get on the football field. His dad wouldn't let him play. Seems strange considering Gene Forte starred at Tulane in the 1970s, but he was adamant when his son asked his permission. "I was 5 years old," Matt Forte said. So he had to wait another year. He wasted no time making an impact in the NFL, though. As debuts go, Forte couldn't have scripted a better one. The first rookie running back to start a Bears opener since Walter Payton in 1975, he showed speed and toughness while rushing for 123 yards.
November 19, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Eagles have put together the truest of fantasy teams. Getting to the playoffs is looking like pure make-believe. Michael Vick says, "Lord willing, maybe we can wind up 10-6," but he knows it would be easier for Vince Young — a career 57.9% passer — to thread a deep ball through the eye of a needle. At 3-6, the Eagles would have to win their remaining seven games, starting with Sunday night's against the New York Giants. By all indications, Young will start in place of Vick, who has two broken ribs.
January 10, 2011 |
One career playoff victory, and Aaron Rodgers already has his ring. That is to say, Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers have taken Philadelphia full circle. Green Bay beat the Eagles in their opener, then ended their season on the same field four months later, posting a 21-16 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday before a frigid fan base at Lincoln Financial Field. In the process, the Packers closed the book on the comeback season of Michael Vick, and started a new chapter of their own ?
September 3, 2004 |
DeSean Jackson sometimes wonders what it would be like if he had a day in which he didn't do anything. Nothing at all. In his sports-minded family, the Long Beach Poly wide receiver knows that probably will never happen. "You think you wouldn't have anything to do on Sunday," Jackson said with a smile. "But my brother would have me up in the morning and we'd be at the field doing drills and running patterns." Sports have been a focal point in his young life.
November 10, 2007 |
BERKELEY -- The Heisman Trophy campaign for wide receiver DeSean Jackson includes a splashy feature on California's website titled, "The 1 to Watch." USC defensive backs will be watching -- and no doubt listening to -- Jackson today when the 12th-ranked Trojans play the 24th-ranked Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. Senior cornerback Terrell Thomas, in particular, has been waiting for a showdown with the former Long Beach Poly High star.
March 28, 2014 |
DeSean Jackson's run with the Philadelphia Eagles is over. As anticipated, the Eagles released Jackson on Friday after efforts to trade him ultimately were unsuccessful. The wide receiver is coming off his best season in Philadelphia, and is expected to generate plenty of interest in the free-agent market. Jackson, a former Long Beach Poly High and California standout, finished with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. He was set to earn $10.25 million in 2014 and was under contract with the Eagles through 2016.
January 3, 2010 |
DeSean Jackson's remarkable ability to get behind players -- defensive backs, particularly -- has propelled the Philadelphia receiver to the Pro Bowl in only his second season. But Jackson has never been behind players quite the way he was on draft day in 2008, when he not only tumbled out of the first round, but saw six receivers selected in front of him in the second. It was a humbling, albeit brief, experience for the former California star who now chops defenders down to size on a weekly basis.
November 4, 2006 |
California sophomore wide receiver DeSean Jackson likes UCLA. He really does. After all, his cousin, Marcus Everett, along with several former teammates and friends play for the Bruins. But when the Bears face UCLA today at Memorial Stadium, Jackson will not hold back from adding more misery for the Bruins, who have lost three games in a row. "Oh yeah, I want to put on a show for my hometown people," said Jackson, who attended Long Beach Poly High and spurned UCLA and USC to attend Cal.
December 19, 2010 |
On do-or-die Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles did a little of both. They died, then somehow got it done. While Kansas City and Indianapolis had the luxury of some breathing room in their successful must-win outings, it's unclear whether the city of Philadelphia has even exhaled yet. The Eagles pulled off the most stunning comeback of the season ? the biggest fourth-quarter rally in club history ? erasing a three-touchdown deficit to the host New York Giants with four touchdowns in the final 7 minutes 28 seconds.