We've reached a tipping point in the sports world, where just about nothing surprises us anymore. But even by the insane standard that the sporting world has set, Jason Pierre-Paul's July 4th fireworks accident last year was stunning on so many different levels.
And not just because of the stunning pictures that eventually emerged after the incident.
This year however, it appears as though Pierre-Paul is going out of his way to make sure that people don't make the same mistakes he did.
According to the New York Daily News he will even do several Public Service Announcements on fireworks safety in the lead-up to the July 4th holiday:
Pierre-Paul has said and done all the right things since he returned to the Giants last October, nearly four months after a fireworks accident that blew off a significant portion of his right hand. He has donated his time and money to burn victims, spoken to them as a group and occasionally one-on-one. He has taken seriously his desire to become a "role model," and a life-sized example of what not to do.
But this is the moment when JPP can do more -- and there are indications he plans to do just that. Two sources familiar with his plans told the Daily News he is planning to do some type of public service announcements in the coming weeks as a way to get the word out that he's serious: Fireworks are dangerous. Kids shouldn't play with them.
For starters, the Daily News is right: Pierre-Paul has done quite a bit since the incident, and has been very outspoken about the mistakes he's made.
Here's what Pierre-Paul said back in November, about his newfound status as a role model:
"People don't know what other people are going through," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm just blessed, not saying this was fortunate to happen to me or whatever, but I'm a role model, and it happened to me. A lot of kids are like, "What is he going to do now?" Now, it's just continuing to do what I do. They got discouraged, but he's okay, and he's in good spirits now."
In terms of Pierre-Paul and this coming July 4th, it appears as though he has learned his lesson: As we told you last week, he will be out of the country and far away from fireworks on the one-year anniversary of last year's accident.