TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former University of South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul posted a warning about fireworks safety a day before the Fourth of July.
Pierre-Paul suffered a serious hand injury in a South Florida fireworks accident during a 2015 Fourth of July celebration. He had to have his right index finger amputated.
“It’s been 3yrs 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. 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.”
A year after the accident, Pierre-Paul released a PSA on firework safety.
The Buccaneers traded for Pierre-Paul in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft from the New York Giants. The two teams also swapped fourth-round picks.
The two-time Pro Bowler has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Giants. He also won a Super Bowl with the team in 2012.
The Giants selected Pierre-Paul out of the University of South Florida with the 15th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
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