A little known fact about this upcoming NFL Week 3 Eagles-Redskins game set to take place in Philadelphia on Sunday is that it features an ex-Eagles player returning to take on his former team. That's right: it's the return of Clifton Geathers. Wait, that's not right. Akeem Jordan? No, not him either. Trenton Robinson? OK, you probably don't even know who that is, and I've joked around long enough: I'm obviously referring to Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Jackson, as you know, was unceremoniously dumped by the Eagles earlier this offseason following a solid month of wild speculation which was coined "the Jaccpocalypse." I recapped the entire Jackson fallout timeline here. (For fun, read the comments!) Jackson would end up signing with the Washington Redskins shortly after his release from the Eagles.
I don't think I have anything new to say about the Jackson situation. He's gone now and he's never coming back. The Eagles really never fully explained why. Chip Kelly cited 'football reasons' but I can't believe it was as simple as that. I find it hard to believe there wasn't more to the decision, and I'm not even talking about the NJ.com gang report.
Anyway, I'm not here to talk about the past. I'm here to ask how you think Jackson will be received in his return to Philadelphia. Will he be booed? Will he be cheered? Will it be a mixed reaction?
I can see arguments for all options. Some people will remember the good times with Jackson: the incredible highlight plays he made, Miracle at the New Meadowlands, and so on. Some people will believe the Eagles wronged him this offseason. Others may remember the short-comings such as when he put up a fuss in order to get a new contract. Those people might hold Jackson accountable for his release, despite not knowing exactly what caused it.
Others will boo because he's simply not a member of the Eagles anymore. He's a divisional rival. He's the enemy.
So, let's hear it: what are you expecting for Sunday? Boos? Cheers? Mixed reaction?