Recently, Michael Strahan tweeted this about Jason Pierre-Paul:
That’s a big statement coming from the seven-time Pro Bowl former New York Giant, who also holds the record for most sacks in a single season at 22.5.
In his three seasons as a Giant, Pierre-Paul has proven to teammates and fans his ability to stop the run and rush the quarterback. He has averaged over nine sacks and 44 tackles per season, numbers that would turn heads even without seeing his dominance on the field. Nevertheless, it is difficult not to notice the drop in production from the 24-year-old between his second and third seasons. In 2012, the defensive end recorded ten less sacks and nearly 30 fewer tackles from the previous year. Who knows? perhaps the difference between making the playoffs and not was Pierre-Paul failing to wreak as much havoc in opponents’ backfields as he had the season before.
Yet, despite his youth, Strahan may very well be right. One has to wonder if there are many, if any, players at defensive end in the NFL today who are as athletic as the three-year Giant. Sure, Pierre-Paul will have to play at a high level for many years to even be close to entering the Hall of Fame conversation, let alone the extraordinarily generous title of “one of the best to ever play.” And, as we all know, a small blurb contained within a 140-character tweet cannot be interpreted as surefire insight into a young star’s future. Nevertheless, Strahan brings up an interesting conversation: can JPP leave his mark on the league as one of the best in history?