NFL defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered one of the most horrific injuries we've ever seen three years ago - blowing off a good portion of his hand during a fireworks accident on the 4th of July. Pierre-Paul recovered enough to resume his NFL career, but needless to say, it's affected his life greatly.
For a while, photos of Pierre-Paul's injury were scarce. In fact, Pierre-Paul sued ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter after one leaked. But at this point, it looks like the former New York Giants star is willing to use photos of his gnarly injury as a warning to others during the national holiday.
Tuesday night, ahead of the 4th of July, Pierre-Paul took to Instagram to post three photos of what both his hand and his arm looked like after the accident. The photos, as you'd imagine, are tough to look at.
We're not going to post them here, but if you want to see them, you can click here. Warning - they are incredibly graphic.
Pierre-Paul posted a note about the photos too. You can read it below:
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.
It's great to see that Pierre-Paul is using his accident for good. Hopefully many heed his warning and avoid doing anything risky with fireworks.
The former Giant is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers these days. It's unclear what kind of role he'll have on the team in 2018.