Jason Pierre-Paul gave back to those who helped him following a fireworks accident last summer by donating $20,000 to the New York Presbyterian Hospital burn unit Thursday.
As seen in this video courtesy of NJ.com, the free-agent defensive end discussed the philanthropy and why it meant so much to him:
As I was sitting in the hospital on July 5, there were a lot of burn [victims] in there. And I was one of them. And just walking through the hospital, I saw a lot of burn people. People that lost hands, people that lost legs, due to fireworks incidents or whatever. And it just made me think, every time I look at my hand, it just made me think about the burn center.
Pierre-Paul lost the tip of his thumb and his entire index finger after the pyrotechnic mishap on Independence Day, which forced him to miss eight games.
The two-time Pro Bowler registered 26 total tackles and one sack in eight contests for the New York Giants, but he will be free to sign with anyone when unrestricted free agency starts.
Per Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, the G-Men have interest in bringing the 27-year-old star back, but only on a "one-year, prove-it deal" given the uncertainty that comes along with his condition.
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The former first-round pick out of South Florida has 43 career sacks to his credit, and he is one of the most dominant pass-rushers in the game when healthy.
He could be a potential steal in free agency for Big Blue or whichever team ultimately signs him, provided he becomes better acclimated to playing with the club on his hand.
Pass-rushers are at a premium in the pass-happy NFL, which means that even though there are major question marks about whether he can return to his previous form, an organization almost certainly will be willing to take a chance on JPP's pure talent.
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