The 23 year old defensive end had 86 tackles (1st among NFL lineman), 16.5 (4th)sacks and 2 forced fumbles this season…
No. A resounding no. So many other stories…if you look…and the monster above is one of them. This notion that quarterbacks control football seems lazy…and crazy. It’s not like Allen Iverson and the rest of the Sixers. Across a football field, so much talent factors into the outcome. As we’ve seen this year, less than 10 passes can get you a victory but a stout defensive front four that includes JPP propels your team into the Super Bowl.
Jason Pierre-Paul was added to the Pro Bowl this year despite not being on the ballot. In a December 37-34 Giants victory over the Cowboys Pierre-Paul became the first player in NFL history to block a field goal, get a sack and force a fumble in the same game. His field goal block of Dan Bailey was the deciding play and is a big reason why New York is here in the first place after surviving the talented but overly dramatic NFC East. His sack total is 4th in Giants history. 23 tackles for losses and 29 quarterback hits do more to affect the game than the stat sheet shows.
Before landing at Central Florida, the 15th pick in the ’10 draft began his college career at College of the Canyons in California and was First-team All-WSC and also an All-American…amassing 49 tackles, 14 sacks, one pick, 19 tackles for losses and two forced fumbles.
The next season, JPP played at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. His 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles put him on the All American list for the second time.
By now, you’ve probably seen this video…
Very few humans can do that and if you find another defensive end so athletically gifted, my new career is an NFL player agent. Before the last Super Bowl, Temple 3 and I had a pre game phone conversation. I told him Justin Tuck would have a major influence on who won the game. Tuck was relatively unknown at that point but…his ’12 mirror, JPP isn’t sneaking up on any one.
This is a guy who took the starting defensive end job from Osi Umenyiora. Yes, injuries had a lot to do with the change, but Pierre-Paul has also simply been the better player of the two. Don’t count Osi out. Remember his big hit on Brady 4 years ago in this game where coming in Michael Strahan was perceived as JPP is now.
A strong case can be made that Jason Pierre-Paul will be the best player on the field Sunday. Tom Brady is a beast and his Hall of Fame worthy accomplishments aside, this game is played in real time…not in the past. Brady will be ready for this game and his star will shine all over the field but you know damn well Brady will know where #90 is at all times and that’s where the Patriots might be at a loss. How will Rob Gronkowski’s ankle hold up? Will he make a Terrell Owens like Super Bowl comeback? Will his blocking assignments affect his also freakish ability to catch passes down the seam where the Giants are not as affective? Will JPP and company have smacked Brady to the ground by then the same as Strahan and Umenyiora did in 42?
Should be interesting.