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While he’s spent most of the offseason preparing for the 2010 season by conducting various workouts through running and lifting weights, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson took some time off this weekend to honor his father—Bill Jackson.

Friday marked the one-year passing of Bill, who lost his fight to pancreatic cancer—which is a malignant tumor in the pancreas—after being diagnosed during the Eagles’ playoff run in 2009. It’s nicknamed the “silent killer” and is the fourth leading cause of death in cancer. Four people die every hour from the horrendous disease, with over 47,000 people being diagnosed in 2009.

It was an emotional weekend for Jackson, as he and his family held a number of events Friday and Saturday to honor the man who worked so hard to see his sons reach the NFL. Friday night was the Inaugural Gala for the Foundation in which members of the Philadelphia community and some of Jackson’s teammates showed up to help celebrate the life of Bill.

Before the event, though, Jackson held a press conference to address the media for the first time about the official launch of The D...

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