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    CREDIT H.S. COACH FOR UNLEASHING PIERRE-PAUL

    CREDIT H.S. COACH FOR UNLEASHING PIERRE-PAUL

    "If you cannot block Jason Pierre-Paul, cannot keep him from laying out your
    quarterback, blame Manny Martin.


    If you cannot believe what you are seeing with Jason Pierre-Paul, cannot
    comprehend how this driven athletic marvel has soared for the Giants like some
    wide-winged bird of prey, thank Manny Martin.




    There was a time when Pierre-Paul was a teenage basketball player infatuated
    with dunking and highly skeptical of those guys outside on the field wearing
    helmets and shoulder pads. Someone had to convince this son of Haitian parents
    that if he switched sports he could one day line his pockets with riches beyond
    his imagination.

    The transformation from dunker to sacker happened at Deerfield Beach High
    School, the logical starting point for this investigation, to find Jason
    Pierre-Paul’s football godfather.


    “OK, I know who you can talk to,’’ Vincent Tozzi, the athletic director at
    Deerfield Beach High School, told The Post. “Call Dillard High School, this is
    the one you’re looking for. Ask for coach Manny Martin. Manny was the defensive
    coordinator here when Jason started to play football. He was the one that
    pursued him the most.




    “Manny was the bridge. Manny is the guy you’re looking for.’’




    The call to Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was routed through
    the main switchboard, directly to the head football coach, Manny Martin. So,
    Coach Martin, you are responsible for turning Jason Pierre-Paul on to football? You are the
    man all Giants fans should hail as their guardian angel as this once-sickly
    playoff push was injected with adrenaline following the rousing 37-34 victory
    over the Cowboys?




    “I guess it would be,’’ Martin said, chuckling. “Not to brag about it, but it
    would be me.’’




    Martin first laid eyes on Pierre-Paul as a 10th grader on the basketball
    court, saw this tall, lean kid, introduced himself and extended his right hand.




    “When I shook his hand I knew how long his hands were, they came like to the
    middle of my arm, his fingertips,’’ Martin recalled. “I said ‘Damn, you don’t
    play no football?’ He’s like, ‘Nah, I’m a basketball player.’ He didn’t know
    nothing about football.’’




    Martin couldn’t get out of his mind the image of Pierre-Paul rushing around
    the edge.




    “I knew how long his arms were,’’ he said. “The kid could stand up and
    probably scratch his kneecap without even bending over. I just knew he had a
    body frame to be a nice defensive end.’’




    Pierre-Paul’s parents, Jean and Marie, arrived from Haiti in 1983; his
    father, Jean, went blind when Jason was an infant. Money was tight and Jason had
    to work in fast food joints, cutting grass; not much extra time. The growing
    Haitian population in Broward County was just starting to cultivate an interest
    in football. Pierre-Paul broke his leg more than once playing basketball. The
    stars were aligned.

    “I wound up getting him in my class,’’ said Martin, who taught Geometry.
    “When I had him in my class I felt like I had the right to put a little more
    pressure on him. I told him, ‘You talking about passing this class? You better
    start thinking about getting on that football field.’


    “The first day, I knew he could run. What made me say there was something
    special was the day when he was out there and the kids were clowning around on
    the field. When I saw that long kid doing those back-flips I said, ‘Oh snap,
    that was impressive.’ ’’




    Pierre-Paul was already in his junior year, quite late to be picking up a new
    sport. Martin kept it simple. He got on the field for the first time in the
    playoffs.

    “He was decent, but didn’t make an impact right then,’’ Martin said. “He made
    a few sacks, he was getting a little bit more confident and then his senior year
    he just dominated.’’



    Martin sat Pierre-Paul down and said: “If you focus and do what you need to
    do for the next two years you’ll be able to take care of his family for the rest
    of your life.’’




    It wasn’t merely lip service. Martin, 42, spent five years (54 games) in the
    NFL, starting in 1993 with the Oilers, spent time in the Canadian Football
    League and lasted four seasons as a defensive back with the Bills until he
    retired in 1999. He intercepted Troy Aikman twice — in one game.




    “I’m proud to see him out there,’’ Martin said. “That’s my pay, to see him
    out there.’’




    Eli’s fulfillin’ destiny




    John Mara chooses his words carefully and so it was interesting how the
    Giants co-owner phrased his praise of Eli Manning minutes after the quarterback
    produced yet another fourth-quarter comeback to overtake the Cowboys 37-34.




    “It’s good when the first pick in the draft comes through like that,’’ Mara
    said.




    At times, it seems, we forget that Eli was born for this because of his
    low-key demeanor and his subdued aura as Peyton’s kid brother. With Peyton off
    the scene with his neck injury, it is as if a Manning had to rise and Eli was
    next in line.




    The Giants reconfigured their 2004 draft to get Eli and they are using a huge
    chunk of their salary cap ($8.5 million salary this season, $10.7 million and
    $13 the next two) for him to excel.




    When Mara was asked his level of concern for the Giants defense and the
    inability to clamp down on opponents, he quickly shot back: “With our
    quarterback on the field no lead is safe, either.’’




    Eli, no doubt is playing great, which is what the Giants expected out of
    him."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: CREDIT H.S. COACH FOR UNLEASHING PIERRE-PAUL

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]CREDIT H.S. COACH FOR UNLEASHING PIERRE-PAUL

    "If you cannot block Jason Pierre-Paul, cannot keep him from laying out your quarterback, blame Manny Martin.


    If you cannot believe what you are seeing with Jason Pierre-Paul, cannot comprehend how this driven athletic marvel has soared for the Giants like some wide-winged bird of prey, thank Manny Martin.




    There was a time when Pierre-Paul was a teenage basketball player infatuated with dunking and highly skeptical of those guys outside on the field wearing helmets and shoulder pads. Someone had to convince this son of Haitian parents that if he switched sports he could one day line his pockets with riches beyond his imagination.

    The transformation from dunker to sacker happened at Deerfield Beach High School, the logical starting point for this investigation, to find Jason Pierre-Paul’s football godfather.


    “OK, I know who you can talk to,’’ Vincent Tozzi, the athletic director at Deerfield Beach High School, told The Post. “Call Dillard High School, this is the one you’re looking for. Ask for coach Manny Martin. Manny was the defensive coordinator here when Jason started to play football. He was the one that pursued him the most.




    “Manny was the bridge. Manny is the guy you’re looking for.’’




    The call to Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was routed through the main switchboard, directly to the head football coach, Manny Martin. So, Coach Martin, you are responsible for turning Jason Pierre-Paul on to football? You are the man all Giants fans should hail as their guardian angel as this once-sickly playoff push was injected with adrenaline following the rousing 37-34 victory over the Cowboys?




    “I guess it would be,’’ Martin said, chuckling. “Not to brag about it, but it would be me.’’




    Martin first laid eyes on Pierre-Paul as a 10th grader on the basketball court, saw this tall, lean kid, introduced himself and extended his right hand.




    “When I shook his hand I knew how long his hands were, they came like to the middle of my arm, his fingertips,’’ Martin recalled. “I said ‘Damn, you don’t play no football?’ He’s like, ‘Nah, I’m a basketball player.’ He didn’t know nothing about football.’’




    Martin couldn’t get out of his mind the image of Pierre-Paul rushing around the edge.




    “I knew how long his arms were,’’ he said. “The kid could stand up and probably scratch his kneecap without even bending over. I just knew he had a body frame to be a nice defensive end.’’




    Pierre-Paul’s parents, Jean and Marie, arrived from Haiti in 1983; his father, Jean, went blind when Jason was an infant. Money was tight and Jason had to work in fast food joints, cutting grass; not much extra time. The growing Haitian population in Broward County was just starting to cultivate an interest in football. Pierre-Paul broke his leg more than once playing basketball. The stars were aligned.

    “I wound up getting him in my class,’’ said Martin, who taught Geometry. “When I had him in my class I felt like I had the right to put a little more pressure on him. I told him, ‘You talking about passing this class? You better start thinking about getting on that football field.’


    “The first day, I knew he could run. What made me say there was something special was the day when he was out there and the kids were clowning around on the field. When I saw that long kid doing those back-flips I said, ‘Oh snap, that was impressive.’ ’’




    Pierre-Paul was already in his junior year, quite late to be picking up a new sport. Martin kept it simple. He got on the field for the first time in the playoffs.

    “He was decent, but didn’t make an impact right then,’’ Martin said. “He made a few sacks, he was getting a little bit more confident and then his senior year he just dominated.’’



    Martin sat Pierre-Paul down and said: “If you focus and do what you need to do for the next two years you’ll be able to take care of his family for the rest of your life.’’




    It wasn’t merely lip service. Martin, 42, spent five years (54 games) in the NFL, starting in 1993 with the Oilers, spent time in the Canadian Football League and lasted four seasons as a defensive back with the Bills until he retired in 1999. He intercepted Troy Aikman twice — in one game.




    “I’m proud to see him out there,’’ Martin said. “That’s my pay, to see him out there.’’




    Eli’s fulfillin’ destiny




    John Mara chooses his words carefully and so it was interesting how the Giants co-owner phrased his praise of Eli Manning minutes after the quarterback produced yet another fourth-quarter comeback to overtake the Cowboys 37-34.




    “It’s good when the first pick in the draft comes through like that,’’ Mara said.




    At times, it seems, we forget that Eli was born for this because of his low-key demeanor and his subdued aura as Peyton’s kid brother. With Peyton off the scene with his neck injury, it is as if a Manning had to rise and Eli was next in line.




    The Giants reconfigured their 2004 draft to get Eli and they are using a huge chunk of their salary cap ($8.5 million salary this season, $10.7 million and $13 the next two) for him to excel.




    When Mara was asked his level of concern for the Giants defense and the inability to clamp down on opponents, he quickly shot back: “With our quarterback on the field no lead is safe, either.’’




    Eli, no doubt is playing great, which is what the Giants expected out of him."




    [/quote]




    Thats alot of info...but +1 on it ..good job

    Football has been very, very good to us.
    Even though 2013 was a losing season, we can console ourselves with this fact-

    # of Super Bowl victories since 1985:

    1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
    2-Washington, Green Bay, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
    3-San Francisco, Dallas, New England
    4-New York Giants!!!!!

    Let's make it 5 in 2014 !!!

    ***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***

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    Re: CREDIT H.S. COACH FOR UNLEASHING PIERRE-PAUL

    You think JPP will throw a dollar for a thanks. Or a gift basket or something?

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    [quote user="Seducer"]You think JPP will throw a dollar for a thanks.* Or a gift basket or something?[/quote]Jpp is a pure genetic freak. Gotta love the kid. His maturity at this stage is impressive as well. He realizes that "You never know when this game will be taken away from you, so he wants to give his all each and every opportunity that he gets"

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