Growing up in Long Beach, CA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson experienced the best of car culture! He remembers gawking at all the cars he’d come across in his neighborhood – from old school rides to luxury vehicles and the few exotics he’d see around, Jackson loved them all at an early age. Throughout his football career, starting at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and later at the University of California, Berkeley, Jackson believed that once he made it to the NFL, he’d finally have the garage he dreamed of as a kid. “I always knew I’d want a collection of cars and worked hard to be in this position that I’m in now to own a few I’ve always wanted,” he mentions.
And his hard work has obviously paid off. Since he was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, the 31-year-old three-time Pro Bowler has been fortunate enough to have a revolving garage of some of the hottest rides around. In his rookie and early years in the NFL, Jackson flossed a Chevy Tahoe, GMC Denali, Dodge Charger and a few other muscle cars. But over the years, his inclination in the finer things in life increased, and his current collection reflects his refined tastes.
Jackson’s Bentley Mulsanne is the epitome of pure luxury and his ride of choice when he’s cruising around town or for special occasions, while the Mercedes-Benz S65 is more of his chill car, perfect for getting him to and from practices and errands. But when he feels like indulging his inner speed demon with an agile and powerful ride, he takes his Ferrari 458 out for a spin! “The Ferrari is fast like me!,” he jokes. “It gives me a rush every time I drive it.”
But luxury and exotics aren’t his only preference in rides; his pickup truck helps haul his weekend toys around for a bit of R&R to clear his head from his time on the Gridiron. To commemorate his So. Cal upbringing and fascination for West Coast car culture, Jackson also owns a ’63 Impala that he first got during his rookie year and he’s currently fixing up a ’69 Camaro SS. “I remember, growing up in Cali, Impalas and Camaros cruising and I always knew I’d get them. I’m excited for the SS build; I’ve been at it for more than a year already, but it’s worth the wait since it’s a full restoration. I’m breaking it down and getting it to how I want it.”
Totally content, Jackson isn’t looking to change up his collection anytime soon, but that could be a different story in two years, he admits. “I’m definitely just fortunate to have everything I want. Before these cars, I had a deal with a local BMW dealer, so I had a few Bimmers back in the day and right now, I have something similar with a Jaguar dealer, so I’m putting in miles on that car and saving the others for game days and the like.”
As for his first season with Tampa, Jackson has had his ups and down, and admits that it hasn’t gone entirely as he first planned back in August. “All you can do is play hard and do what you can do,” he says. “You just do your best, do your job and hope everything goes well. I just try to stay motivated and put my best foot forward during practices and especially for games. With 10 years in the league, Jackson is still on the hunt for a Super Bowl ring and will continue to play at the top of his game, day in and day out, to make that dream come true. And while he’s at it, he’ll continue to evolve his garage at the same time!