A 3-7 Bucs’ record isn’t going to stop Jason Pierre-Paul from bringing passion and energy to each game on Sunday. That energy is the type of trait that’s naturally instilled in a player, and Pierre-Paul wishes that everyone could have the characteristic that he has.

“I wish every guy could play like me,” Pierre-Paul said. “We all get paid different amounts of money, and everybody is not the same. Like I said, passion just comes from within, and hopefully if guys can see it, they’ll pick up the same way like, ‘okay that guys getting s**t done, maybe I got need to get on his way.’ I’m always just being me and everybody follows it at some point, or somebody else on the team can get passion from it.”

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

For all of their faults, the Bucs have kept games close against some good opponents, and it’s the effort from team leaders like Pierre-Paul that have made them a tough out.

“Regardless of if you win or lose, you give your best effort,” Pierre-Paul said. “That’s exactly what I bring to the table, I leave it all on the field, when the game is finished, hopefully it’s a “W” but sometimes it’s not, but when the game finishes I know that I left it all on the field and I have no complaints.”

It’s that type of demeanor that has carried Pierre-Paul throughout his career, including staying motivated to come back in Week 8 this year after suffering a fractured vertebra in the offseason.

The Bucs outside linebacker spoke on how difficult it was to get back to the field along with how he’s felt four games into returning.

“Major, it took a lot,” Pierre-Paul said. “I can go on and on but it took a lot just to get where I’m at, especially confidence, you have to have confidence at the end to start. This is basically still preseason for me, this is the fourth game so my body is feeling a lot from last week. I’m at stage now where I’m ready to roll and you’ll see a difference from last week and between four games from now. A lot of people forget me coming back to now and just jumping from the second game playing 60 something plays or 70 something plays, it’s a lot of work.”

Pierre-Paul wouldn’t be doing this at this stage of his career if it wasn’t for passion and work ethic. Pierre-Paul says he got all that from his parents, who have been together for over 30 years. Their story is one that has taught Pierre-Paul to never quit, which stills stays with him today.

“My father, my mom, those two really,” Pierre-Paul said. “My dad, he’s been blind for like 30-something years and my mom had to turn around and quickly had to find a job. She didn’t know how to drive. Thank God my dad taught her at the time. All that passion comes from that because they’ve been together 35 something years now, 35 years now, and my mom has not once left my dad or whatever. It takes a strong woman to stick with a blind man and stay with him the rest of his life until he passes away, so that’s where I get that passion from, that’s why I never quit.”

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  1. JPP, dont we all..

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  2. If we let this guy walk this next year I really will have a  conniption fit.   

    The man is something else!  He is exactly the kind of man and player that is required to have a real  and enduring culture change.  He will be a leader on a winning Buccaneer team before he retires or he will nearly die trying.
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    Go Bucs!!!

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  3. great leader, by what he says and by his example. He has nothing to prove but still wants to win. We need more Bucs like him. Hopefully, we will find that core that Dungy had in 1996 to resurrect this franchise.

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  4. And now…u know the rest of the story! Explains his passion to succeed after overcoming so much adversity! We could use more JPPs on this Buc’s team!

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  5. We might lose this guy to a contender. Hopefully he stays to show these young guys how to be champions

    “The problem is you’re think to much, I put heart in it/ it’s hard denim/ from the waist to cuffs and Imma WALK IN THEM!!”
    -Loaded lux-

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  6. Why did Jason Licht trade for this guy??

    Because he’s awesome. That’s why.

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  7. Where was JPP during OTA’s? Oh Running his car, breaking his neck. Now he comes back when the season is already lost, and he wants to lead. Yeah we need more players like him, then we wouldn’t have OTA’s, because no body would show. Brooks, Sapp, Ronde, they didn’t miss OTA’s. We have lowered our standards of what leadership is.

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  8. Young people make mistakes! Lord knows I did. We don’t just cast them aside and be done with them. JPP has paid dearly for his mistakes with body parts and pain. At least he is trying to be a vocal leader. Who else is outspoken and has the balls to do so? I’ll take more JPPs any day!

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  9. I hope we can keep JPP here! With this Team who knows. Defense wins championship’s as they say.
    I have little faith in Jason Licht finding the right players in the draft. Go Bucs

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  10. I Love how Jack-Asses will talk about him losing his fingers ( Like any real man hasn’t had a close call with Fireworks) and try to use it against him instead of understanding the reality that he’s a tough DOB that came right back from it when the people that make those comments would have just rolled over and died. He’s the one I see on the sidelines getting fired up and pissed off and excited. We need him and Barrett back next year for sure.

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  11. Love this guy might be Lichts best pickup. Only an idiot ass clown would criticize him or that move. Maybe an ass clown like our own resident troll sucks-ass-clown.

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  12. Why in the hell would JPP even consider coming back here? He knows guys like Devin White aren’t about it…..

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  13. When our Defense plays exceptionally well we always win despite Jameis. That lets me know we need to build a Kick_A** Defense if Jameis is gonna be around.

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