This past February, Jason’s father, Jean Pierre-Paul, went to his very first professional football game… just so happened to be Super Bowl XLVI. What makes this story even more interesting is that Jason’s father is blind and had never seen his son play. After each playoff game preceding the Super Bowl, Jean would relish in the victories with his son, exhorting the team and his son’s efforts over the phone, much to Jason’s surprise since he was only able to listen to games on the radio.
During the game, Jean wore a No. 90 Giants jersey (Jason’s number), and after the game was quoted as saying: “I am 60 years old, and even if I die right now I will be happy.” He even got a chance to share in the post-game party when he briefly joined his son on the podium. Jason lifted his father up the podium steps, where they posed together with the Lombardi Trophy.
“One more,” Jason was overheard saying, as the final camera flash went off. He then slowly assisted his father down and helped his sister lead him to a wheelchair.
What better day than today to share this story since the NFL Draft starts tonight. Take a look at the story of Jason, his father, and family on this ESPN segment. Watch the video right here by clicking on the play button below or go onto Vimeo and watch it there.