“I Am The Hardest Worker On The Team”

January 22nd, 2019

Jason Pierre-Paul has put his foot down.

He doesn’t want anyone to think any man wearing pewter and red was — or is — willing to outwork him.

The man with 12 1/2 sacks (Joe thinks Bill Currie Ford should erect a statue of JPP at their Dale Mabry Avenue entrance for that feat) did an interview with Casey Phillips of Buccaneers.com and cut her off when she told him he’s one of the hardest workers on the Buccaneers.

“I am the hardest worker on the team,” JPP said with a corrective tone.

As Joe wrote when JPP was signed, that’s the guy you want on any team, the wealthy, established guy who is willing to battle back to play defensive end despite literally blowing chunks of is hand off with explosives.

“I told myself when I return to football, no matter what injury I’ll get, I’ll play through it,” JPP told Phillips. He said many times through this season that the only way he was able to push through his knee injury was his mental toughness that came from the hand accident a few years ago.

The full interview is below. And like nearly every JPP sitdown, it’s captivating.

42 Responses to ““I Am The Hardest Worker On The Team””

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    #56 man in the house !

  2. Bird Says:

    He is a savage

    No question

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    This is one reason why I’d want to keep him over any draft capital that isn’t a round 1 pick.

    He just turned 30. That isn’t super old for a lot of DEs. Especially guys like JPP who are just freaks. He also is more fresh than a 30 year old who had played every season.

    Julius Peppers had freaking 11 sacks at the age of 38…
    Calais Campbell will be 33 before next season and had 10.5 sacks last year…
    Michael Bennet had 9 sacks and was 33 last year…

    Use this man to groom our young Dline players that we draft and replace MCCoy/others with.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Lord C … Nailed it! Can’t believe that anyone would even entertain the thought of getting rid of your most productive player on defense in an effort to ‘fix’ said defense. Only in Bucsville.

  5. Wesley Says:

    If there were only 53 more JPP’s.

  6. Wesley Says:


  7. Desertbucfan Says:

    JPP continues to impress me. Thanks JBF for posting that interview. If half our team had three quarters of the heart this man has we would have a dynasty.

  8. SOEbuc Says:

    So many young players that have been on this Bucs team their entire career with no type of motivation from other players, coaches, or W’s to provide leadership and putting in hard work, especially on defense. He’s always had a big ego but he has the right to put it out there.

  9. SKomsky Says:

    IMO best trade/free agent signing ever. show em how its done JPP

  10. MIke F Says:

    JPP is a Badass. Happy to have him!

  11. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Make a statue of a Bucs player for only getting 12 1/2 sacks??????

    You Buc fans standards are so low, no wonder you like Jamies so much

  12. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Sad when our franchise quarterback isn’t even out working a defensive lineman

  13. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Jpp is a real pro….I wonder how many other Bucs are truely working on their craft on their own day in day out to become the best player they can be? Cause with the culture that’s been in place the last few years, it seems many players (especially Jason Lichts veteran free agents) are just here to collect a pay check.

  14. Tbbucs3 Says:


    I can assure that Jameis works very hard…he has ever since he stepped in Tampa…..

    Now is he working to maximum efficiency? That can be debated.

    Jameis needs a real QB coach to help him focus on real things he needs to be working and help guide him instead of that fraud George Whitfield and his useless beach/ocean training. Elite film study and accuracy training are what Jamies needs, his footwork and athleticism are fine.

  15. El_Buc941 Says:

    I wonder what’s JPPs opinion is on Brent Grimes and him crying over not being paid enough to cover Antonio Brown. I say we trade McCoy for Bennet. Player for player. We need someone to match his heart and aggressiveness.

  16. Jaywill Says:

    7423 Winston is the hardest worker. He is the first one in and the last player to leave working his craft…JPP gave his opinion it doesn’t make it fact.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “I wonder how many other Bucs are truely working on their craft on their own day in day out to become the best player they can be?”

    Well I shall grant this….JPP is #1 when it comes to work ethic AND toughness….but…there is another player who works just as hard and is pretty dang tough himself.

    I’m hardly a JW nutthugger…in fact that group thinks I’m a hater of JW….nah…somewhere in the middle…try to be objective. I think any objective view of JW is that he is as hardworking as any Buc in a long time. And he’s also a pretty tough dude who has played through injury as well.

    If I combine the two categories….hardest worker…iron man and tough guy…then I give the edge to JPP but JW is not really that far behind. The major difference is JW has yet to match JPP’s accomplishments but even there he’s put up some pretty gaudy numbers of his own.

    Do you guys think it’s inappropriate to consider JW in the same category as JPP in those two areas?

    @Lord C……..I agree with D.R. Excellent post LC. Glad you pointed out that life doesn’t end at 30 for DL’s if they take care of themselves.

    How about for young rockers are you guys over the hill at 30? LOL Gotta say Mick Jagger kind of destroyed that stereotype…but even an old dude like me feels the Stones probably rocked it at least ten years too long…maybe twenty.

  18. Jaywill Says:

    Winston 1st 4 years
    56 games 1922 14,628yds 61.6% 88tds 58 int 38 fum (18 lost)

    Tom brady first 4 years starting
    63 games 2,015att 61.75% 13922yds 97 tds 52 int 43 fumbles(18 lost)

    Winston is Brady without Belicheck and his top rank defenses in Brady first few years starting. Brady got 3 rings playing like Winston.

    Coach Belicheck
    Defense points allowed
    Coach Lovie & Dirk

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Bye gerald

  20. Rob Says:

    God I love that guy and his can’t stop me attitude! No excuses from him. Leaves it all out on the field like you expect from a professional athlete. Hope he plays for the Bucs for the rest of his career. Go Bucs!

  21. B Says:

    Now if his work ethic rubbed off on all the other players who think/thought they were so great on this team?????

  22. Bucnjim Says:

    The one thing that always stood out about the great Bucs D of Sapp, Lynch, Brooks Barber, Rice etc. was not only did they do THEIR job but went way above and beyond. The first thing you here these days no matter what the profession is that’s NOT my job! I’ve heard it from McCoy, Grimes, and Jackson the three senior players most younger guys looked to for leadership. Can we please surround JPP not only with talent but with professionals. A real All Pro not only does his job but is willing to do whatever the team needs to win!

  23. Bird Says:


    Yah. Jameis is Tom Brady. That’s hilarious.

    I mean cmon guys.
    Oh my gosh. Tom Brady threw 2 picks. Jameis throws 2 picks
    They are the same qb.

    I just don’t get it. No question Jameis needs things to win. What qb In the NFL doesn’t need A defense and running game. Trent dilfer won a super bowl
    With those 2 things and we know the eye test with him. But I guess he is Brady too

    The eye test shows he is ok. The buc players think he is ok. Other players think he is ok. Analysts think he is ok. Stats show is ok. 15 -25 range in NFL
    Is about right.

    Please stop with the Brady , Rodgers , brees , elway , Manning comparisons. T

    Will arians make him a better QB, most likely. But to worship him like a God is just weird. This isn’t year 1 or 2.

    Nothing wrong with liking a player from your college team on same pro team but it is amazing with the excuses and finger pointing at everything/ everybody but him

    Also , it’s funny how many of you have changed your poster names . Have some cajonnes

  24. Bird Says:

    Tom Brady is average. Not a legend/first ballot HOF/maybe best ever. Let’s get that clear.

  25. Mike Says:

    This guy gives me hope in Jason Licht’s competence.

  26. Stu Says:

    Jason Licht sucks as a GM…

  27. Mikadeemas Says:

    Love this kid! That’s how everyone should be. GO BUCS!!!

  28. Mike Johnson Says:

    I will not..cannot disagree with you JPP. Wish we had 20 more like you.
    Hopefully with all the upcoming changes, Help is on the way.

  29. Smashsquatch Says:


  30. BigMacAttack Says:

    JPP was Licht’s best move to date. The guy leaves everything on the field. I have a ton of faith in Todd Bowles. Absolutely love the guy and think he’s a better pickup than BA. I know there’s a lot of talk about what plates stay and who needs to go. I’m going to keep my fat mouth shut for now and leave that to the new coaches to do their jobs. Definitely in good shape to cut dead weight without cap hits, but happy that it’s not my decision. I think this new staff will make smart decisions. I believe that Coach Bowles will definitely turn this defense around. How they do it though, just isn’t my concern right now. Just win Baby!!!

  31. ModHairKen Says:

    Joe, there is zero need to make flippant references to his hand injury. JPP has played outstanding since his return. He suffered a heartbreaking loss. Please stop writing about it. It does not affect him. He is the best trade this team has made for a player and he has shown the others what hard work is and I hope someone on the Arians staff asks him who should stay and who should go based on JPP’s observations as to who he thinks has the work ethic and desire.

  32. Eric Says:

    so was Leroy Selmon, he just didn’t feel the need to broadcast it.

  33. Buc believer Says:

    JPP is by far the HARDEST worker!! The rest of his line mates should take notice of his self less ness and his dedication to team!! Hear that Batman err Gerald! Your tears of loafing and stealing Buc money are OVER you FRAUD!!!

  34. firethecannons Says:

    JPP is Lichts best signing to date, perhaps Arians will be important too but up to now JPP is the #1

  35. BucFan3 Says:

    Sign this man to a lifetime contract! Unreal how inhuman he is and determined on another planet. Dude saved Licht’s job making him look brilliant with the trade.

  36. Bucsace Says:

    This is a very, very tough man

  37. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Bird Says:
    January 22nd, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    Tom Brady is average. Not a legend/first ballot HOF/maybe best ever. Let’s get that clear.

    You smoking crack??

    Tom Brady is greatest QB of all time

  38. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Brady is hall of famer , no doubt.
    Hard to say GOAT when qb’s are protected today.
    Montana missed 2 years because he was mauled by Giants in playoff game and broke his back. That would never happen today.
    Staubach had multiple concussions
    It’s a different era and Brady is greatest qb of his era.

  39. BringBucsBack Says:

    I’m glad JPP is here! Since he anointed himself as the hardest worker, I’d expect that he will be here for “optional” OTAs, starting this year.

  40. Bird Says:


    Dude. Look at my posts. Read them. Sarcasm for someone comparing Jameis to Brady in earlier post.

  41. Bird Says:

    Read the post above my post

    Of course Jameis is not Brady
    The messiah cult thinks different

  42. Buc1987 Says:

    #7423 has serious issues.