Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Pierre-Paul. Player of the Week. Again.
By Dan Graziano
This Jason Pierre-Paul is writing some kind of story for himself. A high school basketball player who didn't take up football until he was a senior and only played one year of Division I college football, Pierre-Paul was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round in 2010 as a hyper-talented project defensive end. In less than two seasons, he's become one of the very best defensive players in the NFL.
For the second time in three weeks, the Giants announced Wednesday morning, Pierre-Paul has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week. Pierre-Paul had five tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits in Saturday's victory over the Jets. His first sack of Mark Sanchez cost the Jets seven yards just before halftime and pushed a potential game-tying field goal attempt back to 44 yards. Nick Folk missed the kick.
Two weeks earlier, Pierre-Paul won this same award for his dominating performance in a victory over the Cowboys in Dallas. In that game, he had two sacks (one for a safety), a forced fumble and blocked a potential game-tying field goal attempt in the game's final seconds to sew up a three-point Giants victory.
In the game in between his two award-winners, Pierre-Paul had 16 tackles in a loss to the Redskins.
Oh, and by the way, he was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night. Not a bad few weeks for a football newbie who turns 23 on Sunday.
The last Giants player to win this award twice in one season was defensive end Osi Umenyiora in 2007. This year, linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka won the award in Week 9, and quarterback Eli Manning won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award in Week 3.