It was three years ago that then New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a serious hand injury in a fireworks accident on the 4th of July.
Now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pierre-Paul took to Instagram on the eve of the fourth to warn others about how dangerous messing with fireworks can be. The post, which we’ll link here because it’s graphic, included the following caption.
“It’s been 4yrs since my accident and I can truly say I’m very blessed and fortunate to be where I am in life. Looking at these pictures seems unreal and crazy. How your life can change in the blink of an eye,” Pierre-Paul wrote. “One of the greatest American traditions in celebrating 4th of July is with fireworks. Unfortunately, tomorrow someone will be injured playing with fireworks. We are celebrating the birthday of our great nation. I’m glad to still be alive to show you the outcome of what happened to me. Please don’t feel sorry for me, trust me your boy fine even with missing fingers lol. Be safe out there otherwise, this can be you.”
Since the injury, Pierre-Paul has recorded 15.5 sacks in two seasons. He now has a new lease on life heading into the 2018 season with Tampa Bay.
Fortunately for JPP, the injury didn’t cost him his career or future earnings. But it should act as an example for those planning to take part in fireworks activities as America celebrates its birthday on Wednesday.