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We don't know if "lucky" is the correct word to use when describing Jason Pierre-Pauls's Fourth of July fireworks accident that cost him a finger-and-a-half but, according to an interview the Giants defensive end gave to the New York Post's Steve Serby, it could've been three-and-a-half fingers worse. Pierre-Paul describes a scene in which he passed out for a few days, but before he went under he heard doctors discussing a Luke Skywalker-esque solution that would've cost him his career:

Q: And when you got to the hospital, you went right to the emergency room?
A: Yeah ER.

Q: ER?
A: Yeah. Then I passed out.

Q: You passed out?
A: Yeah. I just told the doctor not to cut my hand and passed out.

Q: How long did you pass out for?
A: Probably a couple days, man. I was in and out a couple of days.

Q: Why did you tell the doctor not to cut your hand?
A: It’s easier to take a shortcut out. I knew for a fact that my hand … I might say it’s severely damaged or whatever, but I knew it wasn’t that bad, like I can still play football.

Q: When you said you told the doctor not to cut your hand, you mean the whole hand?
A: Yeah.

Q: You were afraid that he would cut the whole hand off?
A: Yeah. Even the doctors counted me out. They were like, “Yeah, we’re gonna have to cut his whole hand off” and, you know …

Q: Before you passed out, that’s what you heard them saying?
A: Yeah. “I don’t think we’ll be able to save it.” I knew that that wasn’t the best hospital to be at.

After three games Pierre-Paul's still looking for his first sack of 2015. But, odds are, he'd be looking for a whole lot longer (like, forever) had the doctor's original assessment been correct. After all, a hand would appear to be pretty important for a pro athlete. Ask anyone but Jim Abbott.

[via New York Post]

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