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.