Jason Pierre-Paul Lovingly Announces Return To Giants On Instagram
Unless you've been living in sports exile for the past three months, you are probably aware that Giants' star defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul endured a horrifying incident with a firework on the 4th of July that resulted in his right index finger being amputated.
For most normal, non-Superhuman people, that would signal the end of their career in professional sports; or at the very least it would sideline them for a little bit longer than three and a half months. But JPP has made it his personal mission to return to his physically brutal occupation as soon as possible; and it looks like he will be back on the field very soon after all.
On Tuesday, Pierre-Paul signed a one-year contract through the end of the season with the New York Giants, for whom he has played since since he entered the NFL in 2010. The 6'5", 276 lb pass rusher has been a premier member of the Giants defensive line since then, including during their 2011 Super Bowl-winning season; so it's not surprise that the team was ready to resume negotiations after Pierre-Paul was deemed ready to return to practice after a team physical on Monday.
Pierre-Paul expressed his heartfelt gratitude to his team, family, friends and doctors in a moving Instagram post on Tuesday night that presumably pictures him signing his name to the deal.
What a humbling experience this has been for me! I'd like to take the time out to thank God FIRST for giving me a second opportunity to play football. I'd also like to thank the Giants organization for believing in me to play for them again and to be alongside my brothers during the 2015 Season. Also, want to thank my Fiancé, Son, Family , Friends, Eugene Parker, Danny Martoe, Realitivity sports, Dr. Owens, Dr. Askari, Dr. Potparic, Debbie (hand therapist), Mike Alessi, Impact sports facility and staff, Coach John Blake, Pastor O'brien,Fans and everyone who was keeping me in their prayers and believed in me! God is good all the time! Have faith , patience and prayer with you always! Let's go Big Blue! #90PowerCircle #ImBack
A photo posted by Jason Pierre-Paul (@iamjasonpierrepaul) on
Prior to the July 4th accident, the Giants had designated Pierre-Paul as their franchise player. He didn't sign the offer in hopes of reaching a long-term deal. Of course it was rescinded after his injury and according to the Giants website, because he had not signed his franchise tender offer, he was without a contract and technically not a member of the team until Tuesday.
“I’m very excited to be back,” Pierre-Paul said moments after signing his contract. “I’m getting ready to do what I have to do. I’ve been training down in South Florida with my trainer. Every day, I got up at 7:30 and lifted weights, I’ve been doing what I have to do to stay in football shape."
Giants general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin also expressed their excitement to have JPP returning to the team, who currently sit atop the NFC East at 4-3 after a major Week 7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
“We all are excited to see Jason,” said Reese. “He has worked very hard to get himself back into position to join the team and work toward getting on the playing field on Sundays.”
“It is just good to have Jason back in our building,” coach Coughlin said. “You can feel his energy and his desire to overcome what he has had to endure since July. His spirit is undeniable, and he is anxious to get to work with (defensive line coach) Robert Nunn and Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo), as well as our medical and strength and conditioning people.”
No specific date has been set for his return, but rumor has it that the Giants could be aiming for Week 10 when they play the New England Patriots. In the mean time the team can employ a two-week roster exemption, meaning that Pierre-Paul can practice with the team without counting as part of the 53-man roster total.
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