The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is not just a hard worker.
He’s also a hard-working guy who cares about others.
His parents, Mike and Linda Jackson, were born deaf.
His mother, Diane, is deaf herself and has been for the past 30 years.
Mike and Diane, who have two daughters, are among the first in their family to hear the words “Deaf,” but they also grew up knowing the language as a child.
“I just wanted them to know they were special, they were the first deaf kids in the house, so that was kind of the starting point,” Mike Jackson told Philly.com.
DeSean, who is deaf, had a lot of friends growing up.
His older sister, Kaitlyn, and her friends were deaf as well.
But for the most part, DeSean was alone and alone in his deafness.
He was not alone in football.
DeSarto played college football at Penn State, and when he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round in 2011, he made his first NFL start against the Seattle Seahawks.
That was the first game DeSean played for the Eagles.
In his first game, he completed 15 of 26 passes for 171 yards.
“That was a big step,” Mike said.
“It’s kind of weird to think of it, but for a deaf kid to make his first start and not get a chance to play is a little bit amazing.
He is one of those kids who was a very special kid, and he’s been an inspiration to a lot people.”
DeSean is not the only one who has benefitted from DeSean’s deafness, either.
His teammate, Jordan Matthews, is the first-ever player with two teams playing in the same city.
In the Eagles’ win over the Seattle SuperSonics, Matthews was the lone DeStoneman to record a reception.
“There’s no reason for us to be afraid,” Matthews said.
DeShawn, for his part, is not worried about the impact DeSean might have on the NFL.
He just wants to be a part of the conversation.
“We’re not trying to change DeSean or anything like that, but we’re going to help him out, too,” DeSean said.
As for his deafening teammates, Mike Jackson said, “We love DeSean.
We love DeShay.
He means the world to us.
He makes us feel good.
We’ll keep supporting him and be there for him.”