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    ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    "Five years ago, Jason Pierre-Paul
    was a senior in high school, learning how to play football for the first time.
    Now he's got a spot on the NFC's 2012 Pro Bowl team.



    Pierre-Paul, the Giants' sensational second-year defensive end, was named to
    the NFC team on Tuesday night, along with Giants quarterback Eli
    Manning
    . They were the lone representatives of the team that will compete
    for the NFC East championship on Sunday night.

    The Giants also had two
    second-alternates - receiver Victor Cruz and guard
    Chris Snee
    .

    JETS REVIS, MANGOLD, FERGUSON MAKE AFC PRO BOWL SQUAD




    Manning seemed destined for his second Pro Bowl (his first was in 2008) all
    season. He's led the Giants back from fourth-quarter deficits five times and
    he's already set a new franchise record with 4,587 passing
    yards.

    Pierre-Paul put on a Pro Bowl-worthy performance this season, too,
    with 15-1/2 sacks so far. But his candidacy was always a bit of a longshot
    because - since he didn't begin the season as a starter - his name wasn't on the
    ballot for fans.




    Still, he got enough votes from coaches and players, whose votes counted for
    two-thirds of the process.




    "It means a lot," Pierre-Paul said. "I don't really understand the whole Pro
    Bowl thing, but it means a lot. It means I'm doing good."




    He's doing great, considering he was drafted 15th overall in 2010 after just
    one season of major college football (South Florida). He showed flashes of
    brilliance as a rookie, including two two-sack games, but his total of 4-1/2
    sacks showed he was a work in progress.




    He couldn't afford to be that this year with injuries battering the Giants'
    defensive line. Justin Tuck missed four
    games with an array of ailments, and Osi Umenyiora has
    missed half the season with knee and ankle problems. As a result, Pierre-Paul
    has started 11 times in 15 games, has had more than one sack five times, and so
    far has the most sacks by a Giant since Michael Strahan had
    18-1/2 in 2003.

    "With Tuck and Osi being out, it gave me a chance to show my coaches that I
    can perform at a high level, even though they didn't expect me to have a
    breakout season," Pierre-Paul said. "Just feel the joy right now. I'm having a
    good feeling even though I knew I could do it all along. I'm happy because
    everybody sees it now. They know that I am one of the key players that the
    Giants have on their team."



    The nation got a sense of that the last time the Giants played the Cowboys,
    when Pierre-Paul had a dominant performance that included a block of the
    potential game-tying field goal that preserved the Giants' 37-34 win. If that
    was a surprise to everyone, well maybe it shouldn't have been. Pierre-Paul
    always seemed to know this was the kind of season he would have.




    "Honestly, I told my best friend, 'This year I'm going to do way better than
    I did last year because I know what I'm going into, I know what to expect,'"
    Pierre-Paul said. "Last year, I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know too
    much of the playbook. This year I knew that everyone was starting from scratch
    again and I knew that I was going to have a breakout season this year. Nobody
    else did, but I told my best friend and he was like, 'Yeah, I believe you.' And
    sure enough, I did."




    Manning has had similar success backing up his words after famously saying in
    a preseason radio interview that he believed he was a "top 5" quarterback on the
    same level as the great Tom Brady.




    All Manning has done since is play like someone who for a while was at least
    on the fringe of being considered for MVP.




    "I think I have thrown the ball well, but again, I think the receivers have
    done a good job," Manning said. "We had some guys step up, so a lot of credit
    goes to them. I feel like I improved on some things. There are still some
    improvements to be made, and obviously my whole mindset is the team having
    success and us winning games.




    "At this point right now we have a chance to make it to the playoffs and win
    this last game versus Dallas. That's the mindset right now. I'm not losing
    focus. I'm not going to be planning any reservations in Hawaii right now. I'm
    trying to get ready for Dallas and get ready to play that game."





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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    Great news, although I'm a little disappointed Cruz didn't make the first team.

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    Thanks for the timely news RF. (Also congrats on 'poster of the year').

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    Love how Eli and JPP are rightly deserved as probowlers.
    I bet we see cruz and Snee (WTF?) in their somehow.
    Unless we are in the big game...

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    [quote user="NYfanatic"]Love how Eli and JPP are rightly deserved as probowlers.
    I bet we see cruz and Snee (WTF?) in their somehow.
    Unless we are in the big game...
    [/quote]Great news on JPP...and to think we have not even seen the best from this young star yet!

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    Surprised about Snee, Cruz definitely deserved first team. Congrats to all of them!

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    I'm sure the Jets Ferguson is stoked to get beat in Hawaii this time instead of his home stadium in the cold. lol

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    Not knockin' on Eli, and no doubt JPP, Snee, but Cruz I agree with others 1st team.

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    I hope that's one game they don't play in don't everyone else?

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    Re: ELI MANNING, JPP NAMED TO PRO BOWL TEAM, CRUZ AND SNEE 2ND ALTERNATES

    Chris Snee doesnt deserve the Pro Bowl, he absolutely sucked this year. It kind of reminds me how O'Hara made the Pro Bowl the last season he played.

    Greg Jennings shouldnt had made it either...The Giants have 2 receivers that outperformed Jennings this year.

    Eli and JPP definitely deserved it.

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