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Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/15/2008

Jan. 15, 2008

DeSean Jackson's statement on choosing to forego his senior season at Cal to enter the NFL Draft:

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 couple 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.

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