Last week, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Victor Cruz were ranked the 31st and 39th best players in the NFL, respectively. Although there was much debate about whether the dynamic Manning/Cruz passing duo should have gone higher, the one thing everybody took from the rankings was that the team's defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had cracked the top-30 on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012 list.
Last night, it was finally revealed that JPP had been voted the 24th best player in the league by his peers. Pierre-Paul was ranked ahead of players such as Julius Peppers, Clay Mathews, Tamba Hali, and Ndamukong Suh.
In typical Giants fashion, JPP took the ranking in stride and acknowledged that although it is an honor to be considered among the elite players in the league, being put on a list of great players will not help him in defending the team's Super Bowl XLVI victory. In a statement released via twitter, the third year player out of South Florida stated the following:
"I'm just happy I'm on the list now I put it past me and keep doing me and stay humble and focus that's what I do best."
In just his second season last year, Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks and 86 tackles while playing in all 16 games. However, JPP himself recently stated that he has improved every single year he has ever played football. Perhaps the scariest aspect of this ranking is that JPP is only entering his third year in the league. His rare combination of size and speed enable him to overpower his opponents.
That being said, Pierre-Paul still a ways to go in mastering the technique associated with the defensive end position; which leaves open endless possibilities in terms of just how great he can be. If all goes well, look for Jason Pierre-Paul to be an even more dominant force in 2012.
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