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DeSean Jackson Says Wale, Kevin Durant, RGIII Influenced Him To Sign With Redskins


DeSean Jackson signed a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins today. And Jackson says part of what convinced him to sign with Washington before even visiting any other teams were the influences of a few friends of his, namely rapper Wale, NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Skins QB Robert Griffin III. Not a bad trio of dudes to have in Jaccpot’s ear if you’re the Redskins, huh? From Jackson’s radio interview today with ESPN 980, as transcribed by the DC Sports Bog:

Jackson, talking about his recruiting process on ESPN 980′s Inside the Locker RoomWednesday afternoon, said all these special entreaties played a role in his choice. “I’m gonna put it like this: Wale is a good friend of mine as well,” Jackson said. “He’s a good rapper, he does his thing out here in D.C., puts on for the city. It was a little influenced by Wale. Another influence was my boy Durant. Kevin Durant been calling me, he been calling and saying man you know how I’d go crazy for you to be in D.C. I mean, what better place is there for me to be? I’m happy to be here. I’m glad, man, honestly I can say that.” This all came after Jackson again described the influence of Robert Griffin III and DeAngelo Hall in recruiting him. (He also discussed this issue in his conference call with local media members.) “RGIII came to my house out in Cali before  I even made this trip,” Jackson said on ESPN 980. “He was like man c’mon bro, I need you to come make this happen for me. And honestly I can sit here and say him and D Hall did a great job. I might think they’re the owners and the GM here. The way they got love out here was awesome. So it just shows what type of tradition they have here. And Bruce [Allen] did a great job of just hearing them out and listening to them. And it makes me feel at home. So it was a no-brainer for myself.”