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New York Giants defensive end and former USF Bulls standout Jason Pierre-Paul makes All-Pro first team

USF has its first All-Pro in the NFL, and it only took defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul two seasons to do it.

The former Bulls standout and No. 15 overall pick by the Giants in 2010 was named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team on Friday.

"Actually, I knew that I was going to have a great year this year," said Pierre-Paul, who finished the regular season with 16½ sacks (fourth in the league), 86 tackles and two forced fumbles. "I came in and last year I had an all-right season, and I wanted to do better than what I did last year. Next season in 2012, I should be better than this year."

Paul received the second-most votes (34) among defensive ends, trailing only the Vikings' Jared Allen.

Allen and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson were the leading vote-getters, each one vote shy of being a unanimous pick.

"That's sweet," Johnson said, as he studied the team. "That's one of the best honors you can have other than being a Super Bowl champion. To be an All-Pro is a tremendous honor."

Johnson and Allen received 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the league. It was the fourth All-Pro team for Allen, who led the league with 22 sacks, one-half short of the record. Johnson made it for the first time after hauling in 96 catches for a 17.5-yard average and scoring 16 touchdowns.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers made the team for the first time, easily beating the Saints' Drew Brees 47½-2½.

BEARS: Offensive line coach Mike Tice was promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Mike Martz.

JETS: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who's set to become a free agent, told a San Diego radio station that he's thinking about calling it a career after 11 seasons.

RAIDERS: The team said it reached an agreement with Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie to become general manager. The Raiders scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to introduce McKenzie.

UNION: The NFL Players Association is opposing Indiana Republicans' efforts to pass a divisive labor bill before the nation turns its attention to the state for the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. Republicans contend the measure is needed to attract more businesses; foes say it will drive down wages and reduce union membership.

FINES: The league docked Packers linebacker Erik Walden $15,000 for roughing the passer and Chargers linebacker Antwan Barnes $25,000 for physical contact with an official.

NEW AID: The league will begin using video monitors on each team's sideline in this weekend's playoff games to help treat injuries.

New York Giants defensive end and former USF Bulls standout Jason Pierre-Paul makes All-Pro first team 01/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 10:32pm]
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