Ronnie Lott had a finger amputated long before Jason Pierre-Paul thought about the NFL, so he knows firsthand what the New York Giants pass rusher is facing.

After repeated breaks of his left pinkie, doctors recommended in 1986 that Lott have it removed because it would never fully heal.

During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Lott detailed what Pierre-Paul will be faced with.

“He’ll be able to play with it and he’ll learn how to deal with it,” Lott said, via the New York Daily News. “But the moment of not seeing it, the moment of looking at your hand and looking down and realizing you have that phantom [finger], where you use your finger but you don’t see it, there’s a lot of things emotionally that he’ll have to deal with. He’ll have to learn how to understand that it’s not there and that there are things that will play tricks on his mind.”

The injuries are different, as well as the positions played by both men.


By Glenn Erby

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