Almost a year removed from the fireworks accident that resulted in the loss of his right index finger and a damaged right hand, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is taking steps to help others become aware of the mistakes he made and how to avoid them.
Pierre-Paul recently appeared in a public service announcement that premiered Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where the Giants defensive end recalled the night when a firework exploded in his right hand. Pierre-Paul, who openly shows his mangled hand during the video, urges viewers to “keep fireworks away from kids” and “to the fireworks professionals.”
Pierre-Paul has repeatedly and openly spoken about the status of his hand and the challenges that have emerged since the fireworks accident both on and off the field. Giants coaches and teammates have stated that he has become a different kind of man since the incident last July.
Having missed half of the 2015 season because of the accident, Pierre-Paul finished with 26 combined tackles and a sack. Having re-signed with the Giants on a one-year deal, the Giants pass rusher will look to get back to 2014 form, where he finished with 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks.