Jason Pierre-Paul: “I’ll Be Unstoppable Next Year”
I thought we were supposed to be living in the present JPP.
Pierre-Paul has had a mediocre season after electing to have back surgery a month before training camp started.
The Giants best pass rusher has no desire to shut down his season due to his shoulder injury, but he admitted to ESPN New York that he’s already looking forward to his physical problems being behind him in 2014.
“When I come back next year, I don’t think there’s going to be a tackle in the league who can stop me,” Pierre-Paul said after practice Wednesday.
Pierre-Paul missed practice again on Wednesday, and he’s doubtful for Sunday’s ballgame.
“It was painful,” Pierre-Paul said. “What I expected to do, I didn’t do. It got to a point where I could only go out there on third downs, basically. I’m out there rushing with one arm, and I’m trying. But you get to a point where you can’t be Superman. You’ve got to come out and hope the next guy can do better than you.”
Pierre-Paul said he’s rehabbing “24/7,” including treating the injury when he’s away from the facility and at home. He hopes he can avoid surgery because “that would set me back even more,” and he said he has no intention of sitting out the final four games of the season if he can help it.
“I’m doing everything I possibly can to put myself back on that field,” Pierre-Paul said. “Shutting down is not in my vocabulary. Otherwise, I would have shut it down when I got the injury in the Oakland game. Even if I can get back for one game, that would be worth it to me. I’m not going to be myself until next year. I know that. I was starting to get there before this injury, but the way I feel now, I’m not going to play unless I’m going to be a factor and I know I can protect myself.”