Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Five Things to Know About DE Jason Pierre-Paul

The Buccaneers traded for the 29-year-old defensive end on Thursday.

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  1. He's Florida-grown.**
    Widely known as 'JPP', Pierre-Paul was born in Deerfield Beach, Fla. After beginning his college career at College of the Canyons in California and then Fort Scott Community College, JPP transferred to the University of South Florida in 2009.

2. He earned himself the nickname 'Haitian Sensation' in his first season at USF.

In 2009, he played all 13 games for the USF Bulls, making seven starts. By the end of the season he had recorded 45 tackles, including 16.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception (which was returned 18 yards), broke up three passes and forced two fumbles. He was selected as a First-Team All-American that year as well, before foregoing his senior season and declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft.

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View photos of the newest Buccaneer, DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Photos by AP Images.

  1. His single-season sack record is 16.5, set in 2011 with the New York Giants.**
    In his second season with the Giants, Pierre-Paul started 12 of 16 games, due largely to injury on the defensive line. In those 12 games, he tallied a team-high 16.5 sacks and ended up being selected to his first Pro Bowl that year. After collecting 65 tackles, 16.5 sacks, one safety and two forced fumbles, he was also named an AP All-Pro for 2011 as well

4. Pierre-Paul makes the third player with the title of 'Super Bowl Champion' on the Bucs' defensive line.
Tampa Bay has been busy this offseason bolstering their defensive line. They acquired both DT Beau Allen and DE Vinny Curry, formerly of Philadelphia, in free agency. Both players started all 19 games during the 2017 season for the Eagles, which resulted in a Super Bowl LII championship. Jason Pierre-Paul now makes three defensive linemen who have won Super Bowls, as Pierre-Paul did it with the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.

5. He will play for a different team for the first time in his eight-year NFL career.
Pierre-Paul was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round with the 15th overall selection of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has proceeded to play all eight of his NFL seasons in New York and even turned down an offer from the Arizona Cardinals to remain with the Giants in 2016.

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