Former New York Giant Jason Pierre-Paul will return to MetLife Stadium this Sunday as a Buccaneer, and is prepared for high emotions.
Former Giants defensive end Jason-Pierre Paul will be returning to MetLife Stadium this Sunday. It’s his first time arriving at his former home stadium since being traded to Tampa Bay this past offseason.
The Giants elected to trade JPP in March to the Bucs for a third-round selection, which they used on defensive end B.J. Hill. Since the trade, Pierre-Paul has performed great thus far, totaling eight sacks in Tampa Bay’s first nine games. The Giants, as a team, have only ten sacks total.
According to a conference call on Wednesday, and reported by northjersey.com’s own Art Stapleton, Pierre-Paul is excited for this upcoming match up.
“Honestly, I had this game checked off since I left there, so emotion’s running big and I’m coming, man,” JPP said. “I’m bringing the house down.”
Pierre-Paul wants to make it clear that he doesn’t “have a chip” on his shoulder. However, he does have something to say about the way he was traded by the organization. “You know, obviously, I gave a hard eight years at the New York Giants, won a Super Bowl there, it’s transition,” JPP said. “But the only thing to get was a phone call – I wouldn’t say I was hurt, it was just shocking.”
However, the two-time Pro Bowler mentioned that no matter what, MetLife will be “home” for him. Which is very true, seeing as i all began. Pierre-Paul was the Giants’ first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, and went through his ups and downs.
From totaling 16 sacks, making the Pro Bowl and winning Super Bowl XLVI in 2011, to an incident with fireworks in 2015. It’s safe to say, Pierre-Paul is one of the more memorable Giants in the last decade.
Many will agree that there will be high emotions during the game on Sunday. However, he probably won’t take it easy on the below-average Big Blue offensive line, so we’ll see how that goes.