Jason Pierre-Paul Participates in Fireworks Safety PSA Ahead of July 4 Holiday

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2016

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reacts during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Nearly one year removed from a July 4 fireworks accident that resulted in a severe hand injury, New York Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is speaking out against the dangers of pyrotechnics. 

As seen in the following public service announcement, JPP is teaming with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in order to prevent similar mishaps from occurring this Independence Day:

Pierre-Paul's accident led to the amputation of his right index finger, and it caused him to miss eight games during the 2015 season.

Although he was able to return, he registered just 26 tackles and one sack. The former South Florida standout racked up 12.5 sacks in 2014, but he may have been hindered by being forced to wear a club on his hand last season.

The two-time Pro Bowler re-signed with the G-Men during the offseason, and while he now has experience under his belt and is learning to play with his damaged hand, it is fair to wonder if he will ever return to his All-Pro form.

New York made several big defensive additions in the form of defensive linemen Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison, as well as cornerback Janoris Jenkins, but JPP's progression may be the biggest key to the Giants' success in 2016.

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