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DeSean’s statement

I believe this is up at Cal’s website too, but for those of you who havent’ seen it, here is the statement DeSean Jackson opened today’s teleconference with:

 ”When I was a student at Long Beach Poly, my family and I had an opportunity to go through the Major League Baseball recruiting process. We had to weigh the pros and cons on entering the draft and forego my college experience. It was a very difficult decision, but at the end of the day, I was not mentally or emotionally prepared.

A coupe of months prior to that, my family and I made a decision that would change my life forever. After a long and exhausting football recruiting process, we decided to leave Los Angeles and not sign with USC. Instead we chose Cal Berkeley to get a great education and to play college football at the same time. It was not a popular decision, but it was the right decision. I appreciate the University of California for accepting me and allowing me to showcase my talents and for the support everyone has shown during that time.

Now three years later, my family and I are faced with another emotional and exhausting decision. Each decision gets harder and more difficult! My teammates at Cal are my family. The counselors are my family. The professors are my family. The fans at Cal are my family and Coach Jeff Tedford is my family.

After considering the pros and cons, the strategic evaluating process that my family and I have experienced and THE BLESSINGS FROM GOD ABOVE, have helped make the decision clear. The last two weeks have been physically and emotionally tough and exhausting. There have been a lot of sleepless nights! This was a tough decision.

At this time, I have decided to forego my senior season at Cal and enter the NFL Draft.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • n8bear

    Very eloquent. We wish you luck, Desean. Sign with Greenbay so you can play with Rodgers!

  • Big D

    Or Buffalo with Marshawn!

  • Tru Blu

    Very eloquent? The moron called it Cal Berkeley. No true student or alum would ever call it that. It is either Cal, California or the less preferable option, Berkeley. He had a lot of promise but has too much TO and Randy Moss in him. He isn’t good enough to take plays off in the pros so he better hope he goes to a good team. The Bears will be better next year without him. Thanks for the excitement, but your college career ended with a lot of empty promises.

  • J

    Tru Blu, way to just be a d—. He isn’t any less of a student or Cal alum than you are because he happened to refer to it by a less accepted name. Honestly, now isn’t the time to be debating semantics that don’t even matter anyway.

  • http://www.lross.net Lawrence Ross

    Tru Blu,

    Having grown up down in Los Angeles like DeSean, let me tell you that’s what everyone called Cal. And when I entered Cal, one of my first t-shirts from the ASUC was a Cal Berkeley script t-shirt. So, he’s not a moron for saying that.

  • MC

    Tru Blu,

    He’s a bear and he’s contributed a lot to Cal football. He deserves to be wished off and congratulated. To pit the blame for this season on him is just sour grapes. Hopefully the off-season will let you cool off and help you appreciate what each of those players on the roster has done.

  • moreNCsarecoming

    What a clown. Oh well – just another Berkley bust.

  • CalAlum97

    I now see, Moroniscoming, that you’re so completely jealous that U$C has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the most well-funded football program and over 50 years of dedication JUST TO BE A MEDIOCRE football team, while Cal has become a serious contender in just 7 years, on a limited budget, and with our program only getting serious dedication for 3-4 years now. Tons of money and the best recruits money can buy…all for naught. LOL, we can do it better, cheaper, and faster and that irks you. ha ha ha ha

  • joshiemac

    I wouldn’t call USC a mediocre team.

  • Cal1990

    Tru Blu

    You’re an idiot. Speak for yourself please. I’m an alumni and I have NO PROBLEM with his use of the term Cal Berkeley. Btw, how about you learn to spell correctly. Or maybe I should say no true graduate or alumni would spell “True Blue” as “Tru Blu”.

    A member of class of 1990

  • TrumanHugh

    Tru Blu–

    You are dead on balls accurate!! Semantics aside, Jackson’s career was inconsistent at best. Last season, he was amazing to watch. The punt returns for touchdowns, the crazy footwork, and everything he did made for an exciting season. This season, however, he bought into all his hype. He was always more concerned about making the ESPN highlight reel and looking for a flag whenever a play went bust. He needed to be less concerned about his Heisman hopes and concentrate more on the good of the TEAM.

    Honestly, when I heard he’d opted to declare, I wasn’t one bit upset or worried about Cal’s chances without him; he really wasn’t much of an impact this season…unless the game was on national television.

    He’ll do fine in the NFL. I wish him well.