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Brandon Jacobs steps in to fill Jason Pierre-Paul’s wrestling boots

Brandon Jacobs

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs speaks to reporters after NFL football practice, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


After Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul declined an invitation to participate in a pro wrestling show, teammate Brandon Jacobs decided to take his place.

Alex Marvez of reports that Jacobs will step into the ring Monday night during a TNA Wrestling taping. The appearance will air Thursday night on Spike TV.

Jacobs will apparently confront wrestler Kurt Angle in something that stops short of a full-scale wrestling match. Going all-out with body slams and pile drivers could violate Jacobs’ contract with the Giants, but when other NFL players like Adam “Pacman” Jones and Bart Scott have participated in TNA events, they attempted to walk a fine line of participating in wrestling while not risking injury.

Jacobs would appear to be a natural for pro wrestling; after the Super Bowl he conducted an interview with NFL Network’s Albert Breer that was reminiscent of Scott’s “Can’t wait” interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, which helped Scott get the TNA Wrestling gig last year.