This is the official trailer to the DeSean Jackson Documentary The Making Of A Fathers Dream.
“This film is the result of 18 years of documenting every aspect of the making of an NFL star, DeSean Jackson, from Pop Warner to the Pro Bowl… and the rocky journey of a family to stay together through it all, despite their differences and in the face of mounting pressure from outside influences. It is a family story, wrapped in the fanfare of an NFL dream.” (via Echo Bridge Films)
DeSean’s father, the late Bill Jackson, was determined to have his sons make it to the pros. Byron briefly achieved that goal, spending two years on the Chiefs’ practice squad, but was eventually cut. He bounced around to the Canadian and World League but was ready to move onto a career in film-making. Bill was not ready for the ride to end. Wills collided, there was an incident, and the two didn’t speak for two years. The DeSean Jackson Documentary The Making Of A Fathers Dream.
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“DeSean’s undeniable ability helped bring them back together, and they joined forces with several of Byron’s good friends — men that also came just shy of athletic excellence — to create a professional athlete. They set up a blueprint and gave him a strict training regimen. Had him working with a speed coach before he was even in high school.
Bill Jackson tells a story in the film about how he would even get his sister’s poodle into the training process. He used to tie a tennis ball to a rope, and that rope around DeSean’s waist. Every time the dog got the tennis ball, DeSean had to give him 15 pushups.
“I never gave him time off. People used to say, ‘Why are you doing him like that. You’re trying to kill him.’ Because he had so much energy, he would be running the streets.” (via Tim McManus) The DeSean Jackson Documentary The Making Of A Fathers Dream.