JJ Watt gave a special salute to the late Bum Phillips after getting a sack against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Watt brought down Alex Smith on first down and batted down a pass on the drive. After the sack, Watt did a “tip of the cap” gesture as a tribute to Phillips.
The CBS announcers explained that Watt told them in a pre-game meeting that he would be “tipping my cowboy hat” to Phillips if he got a sack.
Phillips died on Friday at the age of 90. The former Houston Oilers coach famously wore a cowboy hat on the sidelines when he coached, except for indoor games in domes because his mother told him it was impolite to wear a hat indoors. Bum’s son, Wade, is the defensive coordinator for the Texans.