All-Pro Teams Spring 2016
By Sean Dochney
1 st Team QB
Joe Giuffre – Shockers
119.7 QB Rating, 64% Completion Percentage, 3360 Yards, 58 Touchdowns, 15 Interceptions
The Guffslinger takes home the honors of 1 st team All-Pro QB because he led the league in yards, touchdowns, and his team to an undefeated record with the highest point differential. He constantly found himself mentioned in Players of the Week articles as the Shockers dominated week in and week out. His 3360 yards was first in the league by almost 400 yards, Trevor Nunn of the Grizzlies would be second with 2970 yards. His 58 touchdowns were 13 more than the next guy. His 64% completion percentage was 3rd in the league. He did lead the league in interceptions thrown with 15, but that comes with the territory of being a gunslinger like Giuffre. The Guffslinger was able to spread the ball out as he had 3 receivers who all had over 40 catches, 500 yards receiving, and 8 touchdowns. The Guffslinger now ranks 4th in the league in career passing yards with 11226 yards and 4th in passing touchdowns with 175. He has been able to amass these impressive numbers with only 4 seasons played in the league.
2 nd Team QB
Anthony Fontana – Blue Jackets
131.4 QB Rating, 62.6% Completion Percentage, 2523 Yards, 45 Touchdowns, 4 Interceptions
This may come as a bit of a controversy to some, as the Commissioner, Chris Angelini, posted the highest QB rating for a single season in league history this past season with a rating of 137.2, but Fontana’s rating was equally as impressive at 131.4. Anthony deserves the 2nd team honors as he threw for the fewest interceptions in the entire league and was second in touchdowns with 45. Anthony finished 5th in completion percentage and 4th in passing yards. The Blue Jackets were also undefeated and receive a first round bye in the playoffs as they hold the 2nd seed. Fontana and the Blue Jackets should feel good about themselves of what they’ve accomplished in their inaugural season in the JSGFFL, but there is still a lot more work to be done as we get ready for the playoffs.
1 st Team WR
Charlie Barbiere – Shockers
47 Catches, 1051 Receiving Yards, 24 Touchdowns
No Shock here as the Shockers’ Charlie Barbiere receives the 1 st team WR of the year award. Barbiere was a Triple Crown winner for WRs as he led the league in catches, yards, and touchdowns. He had over 200 more yards receiving second place Anthony Carlo, and he had 8 more touchdowns than Cam Blackwell’s second most 16 this season. This was by far the best season of Charlie’s JSGFFL career as he almost doubled every single one of his previous career highs in every statistical category. Eye popping numbers like this makes one wonder if the JSGFFL should start testing for PEDs to keep the game pure, but that is a discussion for another time. Charlie now has 104 catches for 2422 yards, and 36 touchdowns for his career. Those numbers are good for 10th all-time in yards, and tied for 9 th in touchdowns.
2 nd Team WR
Cam Blackwell – Strangers with Candy
35 Catches, 774 Receiving Yards, 16 Touchdowns
Another close one to call for 2nd team as Anthony Carlo for the Rabid Squirrels also put up a brilliant season. The amount of touchdowns Anthony was able to put up as he helped lead his team to the playoffs is what helps him earn this honor over Carlo. Even more impressive, is that Cam was able to put up these gaudy numbers while only playing in 5 games this season. This was Blackwell’s first year in the league and he had the 3 rd most yards in the league with 774, and the 2nd most touchdowns with 16. Strangers with Candy are going to need Cam big time this week in the playoffs if they hope to be playing for a championship next week.
1 st Team Defense
Steve Soletto – Shockers
17 Sacks, 1 interception, 1 Defensive Touchdown
If you notice a trend here, you are correct; the Shockers own every spot on the first team All-Pro team. This is something that is bound to happen when the team is undefeated, with the highest point differential and everyone put up huge numbers along the way. Steve definitely deserves 1 st team All-Pro for defense this year as his 17 sacks were by far the most in the league, as he was the only player to reach double digits for sacks. His 17 sacks were more than every other team in the league had, with the exception of the Woodchucks, who had the most team sacks in the league with 28. Soletto had 17 of the Shockers 24 team sacks and because of the high powered offense and big play defense; the Shockers are going into the playoffs as favorites. Steve has a stranglehold on the most career sacks for the JSGFFL with 64, the next closest sack getter is Justin Izzo with 29. Steve’s 21 sacks in the Fall 2015 season is still a single season record, and that season alone would put him 5th in the league for career sacks.
2 nd Team Defense
Bryan Soletto – Shockers
7 Interceptions, 2 Defensive Touchdowns
Bryan follows his brother Steve All-Pro Team for defense, but Steve still has bragging rights at the Thanksgiving Day table as Bryan is 2nd Team this season. Bryan led the league in interceptions with 7 and was tied for the lead league in defensive touchdowns with 2. As a team, the Shockers had the most interceptions in the league with 27, which was almost double the next best team, which was the Rabid Squirrels with 14. The top 3 spots for most interceptions belonged to the Shockers as Dan Calabrease and Devon Snead have 6 and 5 picks themselves. Bryan is now 9th all-time in career interceptions with 16.