DeSean Jackson has advice for Utah receiver who dropped ball before scoring TD
If there’s one person in the world who knows what Utah Utes wide receiver Kaelin Clay is going through after a particularly trying and embarrassing weekend, it’s Washington Redskins wideout DeSean Jackson.
Clay became an unwilling sensation Saturday after he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line while en route to a sure 78-yard touchdown reception against the Oregon Ducks.
Instead of the Utes going up 14-0 on the Ducks, the Oregon defense scooped up the ball where Clay left it on the turf as the Utes celebrated in the end zone and scampered the length of the field for a touchdown, a 14-point swing that left the game knotted up at 7-7.
Utah ended up getting spanked by a score of 51-27, so odds are Clay’s unfortunate, absent-minded gaffe didn’t have a huge influence on the outcome of the game, but nevertheless was a foolish mistake that the wideout surely regrets.
Jackson feels Clay’s pain. Why? Because he’s done the same thing … twice, in fact. Making it even more of bizarre coincidence, Jackson and Clay both attended Long Beach Poly High School in California.
Jackson, in fact, did it the first time as a high school football player for Long Beach Poly during the Army All-American Bowl as a senior. He did again as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in a 2008 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s a bonehead mistake, so hopefully he learns from that. You know, I did that one time, but never ever are you going to see it again,” Jackson said during Wednesday’s installment of NFL Network’s “Total Access,” per NFL.com. “It’s unfortunate, but hopefully he can learn from it and never have to do it again. But at the same time, the reason I did it, I was trying to get in the end zone and score and do my little dance, but unfortunately I let the ball go too early.
“Just let him know, you can’t be down on yourself. Things happen.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Clay left the film room when video of his blunder was shown and reportedly still has not watched it as of Tuesday. He says he’s simply trying to move on from the unfortunate and embarrassing incident. He’s even received notes of support from local schoolchildren.
“The people who know me and care about me, those are the people who I’m worried about, and this team,” said Clay. “That’s about it.”
(GIFs via SB Nation, photo credit: Tom Smart, Deseret News)