Jason Pierre-Paul The Warrior

August 11th, 2021

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul.

Bucs outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is wild.

When Bucs rookie pass rusher Joe Tryon referred to JPP as “freaky” earlier in training camp, he’s not lying. In more ways than one.

Consider what JPP did to his right hand. That would have been the end of many players’ careers. JPP barely missed a beat.

Then there was the car crash where he broke his neck. Later that year he was back on an NFL field for the Bucs.

Then yesterday, Joe saw JPP, laying flat on his back after getting pancaked in a pass rushing/pass blocking drill, flip himself up on his own two feet without either of his hands touching the ground.

This cat is rare.

And just a few months after knee surgery, Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians believes for the first time since he arrived to coach the Bucs, JPP is actually healthy.

“The stories are legendary,” Arians said of JPP fighting through injuries. “He played with two sprained MCLs the year before I got here. I don’t think he has been truly healthy until now since we’ve been here together.

“He never stops. He’s always going full speed. He’s a great example for everybody else on what it’s like to be a pro.”

When the Bucs drafted Joe Tryon, Joe had a hunch if Tyron showed anything, that this could be JPP’s last year with the Bucs. He’s 32 and his contract runs out after the Super Bowl.

But if JPP has found new life after his offseason knee cleanup — and by the looks of things in training camp he hasn’t fallen off one iota — man, Joe hopes that Jason Licht might be able to keep JPP around another year or two.

After this season, there are a lot of Bucs that are going to want to get paid. Top of the list are Chris Godwin and Carlton Davis.

Even with the salary cap going up, would the Bucs still have enough feed left over to satisfy JPP?

12 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul The Warrior”

  1. geno711 Says:

    JPP did that at the end of the Atlanta Game in 2019 as well. At or near the end of a full game. He is lying flat on his back and flipped himself straight up off the field onto his feet. Right after a rush of a passer.

    That is when I said that I knew JPP was not going to be too old for us in 2020. I knew he was still a crazy good freak athlete. Glad to hear that freakish athlete still has it.

    There is also a great video of him winning a back flip contest over Kion Wilson 13 to 5.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    For the 1st time in Madden NFL history, our current roster is exactly how I’d build my team. That’ll never happen again

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    I think that JPP (and yes Suh) will be with us for another 2 years after this year Joe. Players like Tom Brady & JPP & Suh have shown that they can continue to perform at a very high level even into their mid-30’s (and 40’s in Brady’s case). As long as there’s no drop-off in performance on the field there’s no reason not to keep them on the team, as long as their salary is reasonable of course.

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    JPP’s biggest health concern is himself. If he can lay low each offseason, we can probably squeeze 1-2 yr deals out of him similar to how we are doing with Suh. I think Brady plays a role in the overall roster/budget as well. He goes, not sure how many of these vets stick around.

  5. JGhotier Says:

    JPP w/ the ole Kip-up

  6. doolnutts Says:

    Im a jersey buc fan and have seen JPP since his days at the giants. He has always been an animal, I was very excited when we traded for him.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    JPP……yep…….Godwin, probably not…..he’ll want more than Mike & that just can’t happen.

  8. Ben green Says:

    Think of how much better he’d be with both hands!!!

  9. Capt.Tim Says:

    My favorite Buc.
    No one plays harder, no one wants to win more.
    Hes incredible. A generational talent.

    For me, 3 events signaled the Bucs were going to improve.
    1) signing JPP
    2) admitting Jameis was a bust, and cutting him
    3) signing Tom Brady.

    I hope JPP is here, as long as he wants to be!

  10. Mike Says:

    JPP is a beast with a hunger inside to feed! His determination and sheer will is John Wick level!

  11. David Says:

    Hopefully they have learned from the lost decade. Shaq, JPP and the rookie are all needed for a few more years. JPP is not slipping, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it his year is of his best ever

  12. teacherman777 Says:

    He’s the Brady of the defense.

    All Heart.

    He must retire a Buc.

    I want him on the Wall one day.

    He’s a Legend.

    3 year contract.

    He’s like Julius Peppers. He can play until he’s 37.