Janssen Named to D3football.com All-Decade Team
From Sports Information Director, January 13, 2011 | Football
by Dan Lukes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (920) 403-4077
Janssen, a 2001 graduate, was one of the 25 players selected on the first team, and was one of three linebackers honored. A total of four teams were selected overall naming the top 100 players who played Division III football from 2000-09.
Janssen, a De Pere native and a West De Pere High School graduate, is one of the most highly decorated athletes in St. Norbert College history. Janssen was named a first-team Associated Press Little All-American selection following his senior season in 2001, and was a second-team Little All-America pick as a junior in 2000. The AP Little All-America Team includes players from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools. Janssen is one of only three first-team AP Little All-America selections in St. Norbert history, joining Norm Jarock (1957) and Dave Jauquet (1964).
Following his collegiate career, Janssen - who was 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds while running a 4.7 40-yard dash as a collegian - signed a free-agent contract with the New York Jets and was released during the pre-season.
In both 2000 and 2001 he was a first-team Division III All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association, Hewlett-Packard, Football Gazette and D3football.com. Twice named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Janssen was a starting linebacker for Team USA in the 2001 Aztec Bowl and led the team with seven tackles in a 37-5 win over Mexico.
In his career, Janssen totaled 322 tackles, including a staggering 66 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback sacks. The Green Knights were 32-10 in his four-year career, including a 27-5 mark in his last three seasons. St. Norbert won three MWC championships and appeared in three NCAA Division III Playoffs (1999, 2000, 2001) during his career.
For the complete D3football.com All-Decade teams, click on the following link: http://www.d3football.com/awards/all-decade/2000-team-feature