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DeSean on chest bump, win streak and Halladay

DeSean Jackson tied an NFL record against the New York Giants with his eighth touchdown of the season of 50-plus yards.

DeSean on chest bump, win streak and Halladay

DeSean Jackson tied an NFL record against the New York Giants with his eighth touchdown of the season of 50-plus yards.

In that same game -- a game in which Jackson had 261 all-purpose yards and two TDs -- he also became the first Eagles player ever to chest bump head coach Andy Reid...or so he thinks.

"Probably," responded Jackson when asked tonight about potentially making history with Reid at the eighth annual Philadelphia Sports Fan Choice Awards, an event which benefits Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

"It’s definitely a great relationship I have with coach Reid...just to be able to go out there and bring that type of energy and excitement to the team and to the fans."

Arguably the most exciting player in the NFL, the 5-10, 175-pound Jackson has been a human highlight reel almost since he stepped onto the field for the Eagles in 2008 after being drafted in the second round out of California, using his lightning quick speed to turn minimal gains into touchdowns.

In 12 games this season, Jackson already has 50 catches for 947 yards and seven TD receptions. He’s also ran for a score and returned two punts for six.

"It’s a blessing," said the second-year wideout of his early success. "We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work, dedication and preparation into it, so it’s definitely paying off.

"But we’ve still go three games left...and our ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl, especially considering the year we had last year. I feel like I experienced a lot last year and this year we’re ready to go."

While the Eagles (9-4) have been making headlines because of their four-game winning streak, which has them sitting atop the NFC East, the Phillies have been stealing the back page due to their impending acquisition of ace Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jackson, however, isn’t concerned.

"I’m not too big a Phillies fan," said Jackson, who grew up on the West Coast as a Dodgers fan. "But I heard about [the trade]. Halladay is a good pitcher so congratulations to them. I’m just focused on football right now. That’s all I really have time for."

Exactly the answer Eagles fans hungry for the city’s first Super Bowl title want to hear.
 

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