Last Thursday morning, Jason Pierre-Paul received a phone call that literally shocked him. He was told that he was no longer a New York Giant and he had been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pierre-Paul released a statement saying that he got the call and was like, ‘What? and had to let it soak in for a bit. He went on to state that everyone else was saying how great the move was and that he quickly come to terms with the trade and began to think the trade was a great move for him, also. He said his family is excited and that he will be closer to his son, who lives in South Florida.
During the summer of 2015, the former All-Pro suffered a horrific firework accident in which he ultimately lost several fingers on his dominant (right) hand, and when you play DE you need complete use of your hands as we all know. However, that incident did not stop Pierre-Paul from still thriving in the NFL. During his first press conference at One Buc Place last week, he reflected on his injury and you could tell that it still makes him quite emotional. Tearfully, he went on to state that his injury taught him that he is unstoppable, and for that he thanks his father, Jean Pierre-Paul, who has been blind for 29 years, and the fact that his father has never complained about his blindness showed the veteran DE that he is unstoppable.
Pierre-Paul is also unstoppable on the field with 58.5 career sacks in 8 seasons, 433 combined tackles, and a pair of defensive touchdowns, he is a welcomed addition to a struggling Bucs pass rush. JPP is exactly what the doctor ordered to improve Tampa Bay’s pass rush.
Here is to hoping he is unstoppable now that he is in the Bay.