DE Jason Pierre-Paul
December 26, 2014
Q: What did you learn about yourself this year that maybe you did not know?
A: Just keep hustling, playing football, that is just me, period. There is nothing special about it. I am just a kind of guy that loves to play football game.
Q: In your heart of hearts, do you expect to be here next year?
A: I donít know. Everybody asks me that question and I really canít answer that question truthfully. I donít know what my future holds. Who knows if I am going to be in a Giant uniform, who knows where I am going to be in the offseason. Like I said, now, the numbers are there, I had a great season, and everybody sees it. There really is nothing else to say, just negotiations and it is coming.
Q: Is it an uneasy feeling?
A: It is a good feeling. I got those five years, itís a good feeling.
RE: Not knowing where you are going to be though.
A: Itís a good feeling, man. At the end of the day, itís business, itís business. Everyone knows that, even the fans know that, my family members know it, and I am going to make the best decision to better me and my family.
Q: You said youíd really want to be back with the Giants.
A: Yeah, IĎd love to be a Giant for the rest of my career, but at the end of the day, it doesnít always fold like that. Look at Justin Tuck, look at Osi Umenyiora, look at Brandon Jacobs, it doesnít matter.
RE: They were older, much older than you.
A: Yeah, youíre right. Iím hitting 26 at the beginning of the year. Yeah, I am entering my prime, there is much more football to be played, and at a very high intensity for me.
Q: You got through this season healthy, which means there is still upside for you, donít you think?
A: Yeah, I wasnít completely healthy, but I made it through. That is a good thing, I made it through a whole season again. Last year wasnít so great; I had back surgery. Had some injuries, shoulder injuries, but this year my main goal was no matter what injury that occurred to me, I have to go out there and keep fighting, keep fighting, no matter what, get up from it. I am just a tough guy and it all paid off because I played great this season. Iíve got Jonathan Hankins on the side of me, he did a great job, he got seven sacks. It has been a great season.
Q: Is there a part of you that is curious about what youíre worth in the market?
A: I think I am worth a lot of money, what do you think?
RE: I donít have theÖ
A: Oh okay, I donít have the answers.
Q: Would you give the Giants a hometown discount?
A: Like I said, it is going to be a business situation, itís going to be about my family, and what I want to pursue. At the end of the day, Iím here. Like I said earlier in the season, if I am a Giant, then I will be a Giant for my whole life. I donít know what is going to happen.
Q: Do you remember the last game against the Eagles?
A: Yeah, we got embarrassed. What was it? 27-0? It was embarrassing, they caught us off guard, it was off guard, unexpected. They went fast paced; we werenít ready for it at all. We did a great job of preparing for them this weekend, and it is going to be totally different from the first game. I guarantee you that.
Q: Do you owe them one?
A: Yeah, we definitely owe them one. At the end of the day, it is going to be who plays the most physical, who wants it more, and who is going to come out to play.
RE: Going out on a good note with one last game
A: Yeah, this is going to be a good game because it is a division game and everybody has been waiting for this rematch.