Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) eludes New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won the game 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
- Jason Pierre-Paul
Yup, Jason Pierre-Paul made this list. He’s only really had two supremely productive seasons and one Pro Bowl appearance, but I really do think his Giants career has truly been outstanding. Despite registering just 4.5 sacks his rookie year, he contributed more than most expected as a raw prospect coming out of South Florida and became a force as the season went on.
From there he just took off. A truly dominant second season helped earn the Giants a Super Bowl victory, and he showed off an All-Pro skillset defending both the run and pass. He was injured for most of year three but still plays, and in his fourth season—while an unsuccessful campaign for the Giants—he put up double digit sacks and sealed off the edge against the run. Again, very dominant.
It’s sad what’s transpired since the 4th of July, but there’s no doubting JPP’s contributions to the Giants for the first four years of his career. He would be lower on this list if he played a few more years. Unfortunately, there’s a decent chance we never see Pierre-Paul on the field in a Giants uniform again.
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