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Caribbean American Players Make NY Giants, Jets Teams

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. May 3, 2010: Four Caribbean American players are now solidly a part of the NFL teams, the Jets and Giants.

Jason Pierre-Paul, a son of Haitian migrants, was recently drafted by the Giants as was Linval Joseph of St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

The Jets followed the Caribbean lead by picking Kyle Wilson, a Trinidadian American and Vlad Ducass, a Haitian migrant.

Pierre-Paul was born in Deerfield Beach, Florida and played college football at South Florida. Joseph  is a space-eater who should help the team meet head coach Tom Coughlin`s objective of improving its run defense.

He lived near the town of Christiansted, on St. Croix, before moving with his mother to Gainesville, Fla. His father and much of his extended family, still live in St. Croix, according to the New York Times.

Wilson, is expected to be a playmaking defensive back and insists he is proud of his Trinidadian heritage though he has never been to Trinidad.

Ducass was born in Port-Au-Prince and moved to the U.S. at age 14. He attended Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut, where he played offensive line and was named First Team All-State by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. He also earned First Team All-Fairfield County by the FCIAC Coaches.

Ducass was drafted by the Jets in the 2nd round, as the 61st overall pick.

Still of the 255 players drafted recently, less than 10 were born outside the United States, according to the N.F.L.