Two years later, Jason Pierre-Paul has come a long way

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Two years ago today, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul started the day with a van full of fireworks. He ended the day with at least one less finger.

The stunning news of the Pierre-Paul fireworks mishap led to a variety of story lines, from a stubborn resolve to return to dominance (he has) to a lawsuit against ESPN and Adam Schefter for invasion of privacy arising from the publication of medical records relating to the amputation procedure (the case was settled).

Although Pierre-Paul, who was operating under the franchise tag in 2015, lost millions due to his inability to play for much of the year, a one-year deal for 2016 coupled with a strong performance last season led to another franchise tag and, eventually, a four-year, $62 million deal.

America loves a good redemption story, but let’s not forget how this one came to be. While Pierre-Paul deserves credit for overcoming adversity, it was a self-inflicted set of circumstances arising from the same kind of nonchalance that will get plenty of others injured or worse this week when handling fireworks in an unsafe manner.

So there’s much to learn from Pierre-Paul, for good reasons and bad. On July 4, pay particular attention to the bad, especially if you’re starting the day with a van full of fireworks.

15 responses to “Two years later, Jason Pierre-Paul has come a long way

  1. The Bucs player was CB C.J. Wilson and he retired from the NFL and signed with Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

    Happy Independence Day and remember the 4th Of July and Fireworks go hand in hand……

  2. I love the pretty fireworks. I hate the ones that go boom.

    So we celebrate the 4th with loud noises so all the guys with PTSD (diagnosed or otherwise, way more than most realize) get to be reminded every few seconds by a moronic neighbor.

    Not to mention my dogs bark like mad all day long. Fortunately we own two homes. The one away from the suburbs, surrounded by 1000 acres and 5 homes and man oh man is it peaceful.

    I hear birds and saw a black bear yesterday. Better than an idiot with a match and a quasi-bomb made by a 10 y/o from China.

    Happy and safe 4th to those not playing the Darwin game.

  3. JPP is a great feel-good story for the way he has taken to educating youngsters about not making the inane mistake he did. Doesn’t hurt that he has brought himself back to All-Pro status as well.

  4. The same people that like fireworks are the same that laughed at the etrade baby commercials. Dimwits

  5. backintheday99 says:
    Jul 4, 2017 10:06 AM
    I love the pretty fireworks. I hate the ones that go boom.

    So we celebrate the 4th with loud noises so all the guys with PTSD (diagnosed or otherwise, way more than most realize) get to be reminded every few seconds by a moronic neighbor.

    Not to mention my dogs bark like mad all day long. Fortunately we own two homes. The one away from the suburbs, surrounded by 1000 acres and 5 homes and man oh man is it peaceful.

    I hear birds and saw a black bear yesterday. Better than an idiot with a match and a quasi-bomb made by a 10 y/o from China.

    Happy and safe 4th to those not playing the Darwin game.

    I really couldn’t agree more. I wish people realized the risk when they are setting these off at home. Not to mention all the dogs in the neighborhood hate it and go ape all week. Seriously, leave it to the pros, is it worth potentially losing a life or a limb?

  6. $62M! – anyone looking for the missing digit will find it firmly added to the end of his salary.

  7. fumblenuts says:
    Jul 4, 2017 1:09 PM
    A van full of Fireworks down by the river……

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    Funny.
    Yeah, I miss Chris Farley, too.

  8. “While Pierre-Paul deserves credit for overcoming adversity, it was a self-inflicted set of circumstances arising from the same kind of nonchalance ….”

    Why the need to pile on when you don’t know the specific circumstances, or were you standing next to Adam Shefter when it happened?

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