Defensive End J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans is in his third year of professional football. Last season, he had 20.5 sacks, 16 passes deflected, and was named Defensive Player of the Year, proving that he is a phenomenal player. After spending some time with him this summer, I learned that J.J. Watt is also a phenomenal person.
Watt’s meteoric rise from freshman tight end at Central Michigan, to the NFL Defensive Player of the Year took five seasons. After playing tight end for one year, Watt returned home to Wisconsin, hoping to switch to defense and play for the Wisconsin Badgers. I had read his story, and really wanted to do a feature on how he had delivered pizzas when he was trying to walk on at the University of Wisconsin. NFL Films contacted the Texans to pitch the story, and what we found out was so much more interesting than just a player trying to make a college team.
Although not from the state, J.J. Watt has ingratiated himself to the fan base, and in this feature, we reveal the overwhelmingly positive effect that Watt has had on the city of Houston.
We idolize many of our sports heroes because of their performances on the field. The reason I would want my two daughters to know the name J.J. Watt is because of his performance off of it.