News Americas, INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Mon. Feb. 6, 2012: Haitian American footballer, Jason Pierre-Paul, helped lead his team, the New York Giants to a nail biting 21-17 win Sunday night to take home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVI at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
As his blind Haitian-born father, Jean Pierre-Paul, sat in the stand, experiencing his first Super Bowl as he listened to the game in French, the Florida-born JPP, helped make a big impact for the Giants defense.
Pierre-Paul, who was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and led the team with 16.5 sacks, and was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
On Sunday he helped blocked several passes for his captain, Eli Manning.
It was 9-3 after Stephen Gostkowski’s 29-yard field goal and The Patriots got to the Giants’ 11, but All-Pro DE Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a third-down pass.
Soon after, when the Patriots had a three-and-out and Pierre-Paul blocked another throw.
As for JPP’s dad, well the Haitian migrant told USA Today through a translator: “I am 60 years old and even if I die right now I will be happy. I am so proud.”
Meanwhile, Manning was named MVP and as the team and fans celebrated last night, New York City Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, announced that the city will host a ticker-tape parade in honor of the Super Bowl XLVI Champions New York Giants on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012.
The parade will begin at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11:00 AM and continue northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, at which the Mayor will present the NY Giants with Keys to the City.
“Big Blue gave us a game to remember, and on Tuesday we’re going to give them a parade to remember,” said Mayor Bloomberg.