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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – DeSean Jackson spoke for the first time since the Eagles announced his new five-year contract, and he made it clear he’s got lofty goals.
“I want to shoot for the Hall Of Fame, I want to shoot for Super Bowls,” Jackson said at a press conference.
Jackson was often criticized for his attitude last season, which was generally attributed to unhappiness with his contract situation. “As a young player in the NFL, I had to go through what I had to go through, and just figure it out,” he told 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow. “Sitting back, going on my fifth year in the NFL, it’s totally changed. I’ve matured. I know what it’s about now,” he said. “I’m very happy that I’ve been blessed to get this opportunity.”
He was benched last year for a game by head coach Andy Reid, but Jackson has nothing but positive things to say about his coach. “He had to be a coach. He kept it as real as possible,” Jackson said. “He always kept it real and straight forward.”
The contract is said to be worth in the neighborhood of $51 million over five years, with about $15 million guaranteed. “It will really allow me to go out there and play hard, and help this team win games,” he said.
Not only was Jackson’s season a disappointment, but the Eagles did not live up to expectations as a team in 2011. Jackson said he says 2012 as a great opportunity to right that wrong. “”Hands down I think we’re one of the best teams in the NFL,” he said. “This team is full of leaders.”
“I just want to go out there like I said, and just play football and have fun. And just win as many games as possible. Just get us somewhere we haven’t been,” he said.
Listen to the entire interview with DeSean Jackson: