"I knew I was going to come in and have a great year (in 2011), but not like that," Pierre-Paul told "Mike and Mike" on ESPN Radio on Tuesday. "Just like this year, I'm going to come in and do better than I did last year. ... I think I should do even more. 16.5 (sacks), I didn't even know I was going to do that, but I got it."
Pierre-Paul -- all of 23 years old -- gives credit to veterans Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora for his development. "They taught me a lot ... They just tell me, 'You know, just go out and play.' And if I'm having problems, I go to them. I look at them as a big brother. They just told me, 'Just play the game, and just be yourself.' And that's what I do."
People cite Eli Manning first, but in two Super Bowl runs over the past five seasons, New York's defensive-line play paved the way for those championships. Again, a rotation of very bad men badgered Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on a national stage, and for some, there was a sense of déjà vu. It has much more to do with New York's commitment to restocking a line that might be the NFL's finest, now led by one of its youngest stars.