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THROWBACK THURSDAY: JASON PIERRE-PAUL
Before he was a two-time Pro-Bowler for the New York Giants, before he was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and before he was First-team All-American at the University of South Florida, Jason Pierre-Paul was developing his skill set at Deerfield Beach High School in Florida.
At 6-foot-5, Pierre-Paul’s primary sport at Deerfield Beach was basketball. As a center, he earned four varsity letters. He didn’t begin playing organized football until his junior season and it certainly took some convincing.
“I wound up getting him in my class,’’ Deerfield Beach coach Manny Martin, who taught Geometry, said to The New York Post. “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.’ ’’
With just two years of organized football under his belt, Pierre-Paul was rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and was unranked by Scout.com. Both publications increased his rating to four stars after he earned 10.5 sacks and 70 tackles during his one-year stint at Fort Scott Community in Kansas in 2008.
Below are Pierre-Paul’s highlights from his senior season at Deerfield Beach in 2007.
“Brandon comes in at a time when the veteran running back with size is someone that can help us. He has been out of football for a while and is very anxious to have another opportunity and is willing to do whatever we ask him to do in order to help our team. I’m happy for Brandon and his family, and let’s get to work.” -Coach Tom Coughlin
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