Jason Pierre-Paul Will Reportedly Do PSAs on Dangers of Fireworks
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his life and career turned upside down last year after he lost a significant part of his right hand while holding onto fireworks during his Fourth of July celebrations.
Pierre-Paul is trying to turn that unfortunate incident into a positive by planning to do public service announcements about the dangers of fireworks in the coming weeks.
“At first, I really didn’t see it,” he said. “But with my situation that happened, now I see things differently. It’s a blessing for me to just reach out and touch the kids.
“I’m a role model. With what happened to me, a lot of kids were like ‘Dang, what’s he going to do now?’ When a role model tells you it’s going to be OK, it’s going to be OK. They look up to that.”
Pierre-Paul has said and done all the right things since returning to the field. Since the injury, JPP has donated his time and money to burn victims, speaking to them in groups, and occasionally one-on-one sessions, as he embraces being a role model.