This feature was produced in collaboration between SB Nation and Vox Creative and sponsored by Nike.
In a world where NFL players are all fast, DeSean Jackson turns cornerbacks and safeties into statues with blazing post routes and unparalleled speed, qualities that made him a three-time All-American at the University of California before his Pro Bowl NFL career. A maverick in a business where it's safer to be quiet than it is to speak your mind, Jackson has always created his own path. But where did Jackson start his rise? What, outside of his mind-blowing athletic ability, set him on his path to greatness? Take a look behind the scenes as DeSean tells his story, and shows current Long Beach Poly players what it takes to get to the next level.