Cruz, JPP & Snee named to Pro Bowl

Posted Dec 26, 2012

WR Victor Cruz, Guard Chris Snee and Jason Pierre-Paul earned a spot on the 2013 NFC Pro Bowl roster

Three Giants – Victor Cruz, Chris Snee and Jason Pierre-Paul (only starter) – have been selected to the 2012 NFC Pro Bowl team.

It’s the first such honor for Cruz, the second for Pierre-Paul and the fourth for Snee.

The Pro Bowl will be in Honolulu on January 27, a week before Super Bowl XLVII. Players from the Super Bowl teams do not participate in the Pro Bowl.

Cruz, a third-year pro, leads the Giants with 82 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. He is the only player in franchise history with 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine scores – and he’s done it two years in a row.

Cruz’s 82 catches place him seventh in the NFC and 12th in the NFL and his 1,040 yards are ninth in the conference and 14th in the league. He is one of 10 NFL players with at least nine touchdown catches.

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected,” Cruz said. “It really is a dream come true for me. The Pro Bowl is a great individual achievement, but I know I couldn’t have been named to the Pro Bowl without the support of my teammates. Eli (Manning) is one of the great quarterbacks in the game. He has done so much for my career. Right now, I’m really focused on going out Sunday and our team playing as well as it can, getting a great team win against the Eagles and hoping we get the opportunity to further our season.”

Cruz is only the second Giants wide receiver to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Homer Jones in 1969; Steve Smith was chosen in 2009 after he caught a franchise-record 107 passes.

Snee, a nine-year veteran, has started every game this season and all 148 regular-season and postseason games he has played in his career at right guard. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

“It’s always an honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl,” Snee said. “It doesn’t quite feel right, coming off of our last two performances, but it is an honor because you’ve earned the respect of your peers, the coaches and, of course, the fans.”

Snee is the first Giants player to be selected to four Pro Bowls since tight end Jeremy Shockey was chosen for his fourth in 2006 and the first Giants offensive lineman to be honored so often since Hall of Famer Rosie Brown was selected to his ninth Pro Bowl in 1965.

Pierre-Paul is a third-year pro who has played in all 47 games in his career. This season, he leads the Giants with 6.5 sacks, down from his total of 16.5 in 2011. But Pierre-Paul has been a well-rounded player. He is fourth on the Giants with 61 tackles (39 solo) and leads the team with 12 tackles for losses. In a victory in Dallas, Pierre-Paul intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.

“Just like last year, I would much rather not play in the game because I want to be with my team at the Super Bowl," Pierre-Paul said, “but it’s a great honor to be selected among the best in the NFL at my position.”

Five other Giants were named alternates.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes, who leads the NFL with 33 field goals, is a first alternate.

Quarterback Eli Manning, a Pro Bowler in 2011, and rookie David Wilson (as a kickoff returner) are second alternates.

Center David Baas and safety Stevie Brown are fourth alternates.

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