Last July, Jason Pierre-Paul destroyed his right hand in a fireworks incident. The accident completely butchered his thumb and middle finger. In fact, the injury he sustained to his hand and fingers was so bad they amputated his index finger.
Now Pierre-Paul is speaking out to help others avoid the same mistake he made in this Public Service Announcement video from the Consumer Product and Safety Commission. In the video, JPP tells the story of last summer’s accident saying, “I lit up a firework, and I thought I could throw it away real quick. In a split second, it blew off my whole hand.”
Watch the video below:
Although he was able to play eight games in 2015, his stats were some of the lowest he’s ever had, accruing only one sack. He was forced to play with a club on his hand because his fingers weren’t straight. This year, he’s adamant about playing without it. He talked about last season recently with the New York Post and stated NYPost.com,
“I was still going through that trauma stage and getting back,’’ Pierre-Paul said. “I wasn’t really supposed to play but, hey, a guy like me, it takes a lot to keep me down, you know what I’m saying? To be honest, the only reason I played with the club last year is because my fingers weren’t straight, you know what I mean?’’
JPP is ready to take on 2016, and he’s more grateful and humble than ever. Pierre-Paul signed a deal worth up to $10.5 million and is ready to prove himself to the rest of the Giants organization.
“To be honest, I won’t need the club this year,’’ he said. “I’ll be back to the regular JPP, just missing fingers, that’s it. Other than that I’m ready to go, I’m fired up. I have no pain, no nothing in my hand. I’m just rehabbing and getting as strong as possible. Even after I’m done rehabbing, I’m still rehabbing. And I’m training right now. So at the end of the day the sky’s the limit for me. I’m only 27, so I’m happy, I’m content with what I have right now.”