Shockey is sick of losing

" I want to win games that's what I want to prove. I want prove that I can help this team win, besides having good numbers and not make the playoffs. What's that going to prove? Nothing. That's what I want to prove - help this team go as far as it can go. "

Jeremy Shockey is sick of losing football games. While at Miami, an early three-point deficit was virtually out of the question. Now, his focus is on improving not only his own play, but that of his club.

"I want to win," Shockey said. "I have never been on a losing team. Since I've been here, I think we ' ve lost more games than we've won (the Giants are 20-28 since 2002). I definitely want to win games. The guys that get selected to the Pro Bowl are on winning teams, and they're in the spotlight. I want to win; that's the most important part. But I want to be on the list of the top tight ends, because I know in my heart I'm just as good as the other guys.

"I want to win games that's what I want to prove. I want prove that I can help this team win, besides having good numbers and not make the playoffs. What's that going to prove? Nothing. That's what I want to prove - help this team go as far as it can go."

When asked if he can do that, assuming he stays healthy, Shockey said, "definitely."

In 2002, Shockey burst onto the NFL scene with 74 receptions, 894 yards and a bravado and enthusiasm that made him an instant fan favorite and a lightning rod for attention by media outlets around the country. The Giants finished 10-6 and earned an NFC Wild Card playoff berth.

The following season, Shockey caught 48 passes and was again selected to the Pro Bowl despite missing the final seven games with a knee injury. But the Giants finished 4-12. Last year his numbers improved, but the Giants' offense sputtered at times, the team won only two more games than the previous season and Shockey's standing as one of the NFL ' s elite tight ends took a hit when Alge Crumpler and Jason Witten were selected as the NFC's Pro Bowl tight ends.

This year, Shockey vows that both he and the team will have better seasons.

"I'm not going to try to be average," he said. "A lot of guys say I don't care about that stuff. But I do. I know my ability and whoever it is, I'll go out and run routes against him. My thing right now is to continue what I'm doing, stay healthy and come into the year with a positive attitude.

"I don't think I'm very far out. Last year, I could have definitely had a great year. I was healthy all the way to the last game. I had little back spasms. My perfect year would be staying healthy every game I played and making it to the playoffs and taking it from there. Numbers aren't the most important part - it's wins."

To help prepare him for the challenges ahead, Shockey has spent much of this offseason working out at the University of Miami, his alma mater. He believes those sessions will put him in the best possible condition for the season.

"I feel like I?m in great shape," Shockey said. "I feel faster, I feel lighter on my feet. I just have to get back to what I was doing as far as working out in Miami and taking it to another level.

"The only reason I left the team is to give myself the opportunity to help the team out, give the team the best opportunity (to win)," Shockey said. "I'm just getting out there and doing the things I did in college and giving myself a chance, like I did my first year - I'm not saying I wouldn't have a chance if I worked out here. I'm just doing the things I did that I had success with. Everybody has their own philosophy how you train and how you work out. I just went back to the basics."

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