Jan. 30, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Three members of Florida Atlantic University's football coaching staff have a vested interest in Super Bowl XLVI.
The New York Giants will suit up to take on the New England Patriots in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, February 5, while the FAU coaching staff will have a watchful eye focused on the Giants, as three players played for a members of the newly hired FAU coaching staff.
Rookie defensive back Prince Amukamura played collegiate football at the University of Nebraska, under the tutelage of then-Nebraska defensive coordinator and current FAU head coach Carl Pelini. Current FAU associate head coach and defensive coordinator Marvin Sanders was Amukamura's secondary coach at Nebraska, as well. Amukamura played in seven games this season for the Giants, amassing 14 total tackles and hauling in his first career interception, Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
FAU's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Sims coached two of the Giants' defensive stars while he served as the head coach of Fort Scott Community College. NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and rookie middle linebacker Jacquian Williams each started out at FSCC before both transferred to the University of South Florida. Williams played in all 16 games this year, starting two, and had 78 tackles and one sack on the season. Pierre-Paul, had 86 tackles and finished fourth in the league in sacks with 16.5. He was selected to this year's Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro by both the AP and the Pro Football Writers Association.