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JJ Watt wants to play offense for Texans

JJ-Watt-Delivered-PizzasHouston Texans star JJ Watt had a breakout season last year and emerged as the best defensive player in the NFL. He racked up a whopping 20.5 sacks in his sophomore NFL season and forced four fumbles. Watt’s value to the Texans is obviously as a game-changer on defense, but he wants more. The 24-year-old wants to contribute on the other side of the ball as well.

Watt, who lined up on offense at the Pro Bowl and had an incomplete pass thrown his way by Peyton Manning, said on Tuesday that he has been trying to convince head coach Gary Kubiak to let him play offense.

“It’s just about being an athlete,” Watt said, via SI.com’s Audibles. “I have fun, catching balls is fun, just doing whatever you can to be an athlete, working on hand-eye coordination, and the little things. It never hurts to be able to catch a football.

“I’ve been lobbying since Day 1. It hasn’t worked yet, so I don’t think it’s going to work anytime soon, but it’s his team … We always joke about it. It’s never anything really serious. Who knows? Maybe one day.”

Before Watt transferred to Wisconsin in 2008, he was a tight end at Central Michigan. He caught only eight passes for 77 yards, but he obviously has some familiarity with the position. While Kubiak admitted the idea of Watt lining up in the team’s goal-line package is intriguing, he said seeing him on the field with the offense in the Pro Bowl made him uncomfortable.

“No, I didn’t like that personally,” Kubiak said. “When I saw he was going to line up out there, that scared me a little bit. We’ll let him keep getting after the quarterback and maybe we’ll find him a play or two of offense down the road.”

As we learned from this video of his vertical leap, Watt is a freak athlete. There is no doubt he could make an impact on offense with enough reps, but the last thing the Texans need is their most important player popping an ACL while firing off the line to make a block or catch a pass. It simply isn’t worth the risk.

JJ Watt jumps onto 5-foot box, showcases insane vertical leap (Video)

JJ-Watt-box-jumpEver wonder why Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is so effective at batting down passes? The 24-year-old has the benefit of being 6-foot-5, but he also has an incredible vertical leap.

In a recent video that was posted on YouTube (via Eye on Football), Watt jumped onto a dresser-type thing that was supposedly 59.5 inches tall — or just under 5 feet. Somehow, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year made it look easy.

Is this the first time we have seen a display of freakish athleticism of this magnitude? Not exactly, but videos of amazing vertical leaps like this usually involve defensive backs or wide receivers. Watt had to somehow get his 289-pound frame onto the box from a standstill position. I highly doubt there are many — if any — NFL defensive linemen who could duplicate the feat.

JJ Watt’s ‘MegaWatt’ shoes to be released June 1

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JJ Watt has only been in the NFL for two seasons, but the reigning Defensive Player of the Year is already one of the most popular players in the league. He’s even getting his own shoe.

Last week, the Houston Texans star defensive lineman tweeted a photo of his Nike “MegaWatt” shoes and said they were “coming soon.” On Thursday, Watt indicated the shoes were coming on June 1.

There has already been a huge response from fans clamoring to get a pair of the kicks. As the Houston Chronicle pointed out, even actress Danielle Fishel aka Topanga Lawrence wants a pair:

Between wearing a Craig Biggio throwback jersey and posing with Yao Ming, Watt has endeared himself to Houston fans. He is great at fan relations and proposed to a young girl who wanted to marry him. As beloved as he is in the city, I have no doubt the shoes will be a hot item.

Photo: Twitter/JJ Watt

Sorry ladies, JJ Watt doesn’t have time for all of your prom requests

jj wattAsking an athlete to be your date to the dance has become a popular activity over the past several years with the rise of social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Naturally, most of the requests are not fulfilled, as NFL players and the like are typically very busy.

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt feels badly about this. Apparently Watt has been receiving an overwhelming number of prom invitations recently, so he felt the need to address the proposals on his Facebook page Wednesday night.

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When you’re the popular kid in school, you have to break a lot of hearts. Watt was nice enough to propose to a 6-year-old girl who wanted to marry him and make her his fake wife for the day, but he can’t please everyone. Not every girl can be as lucky as this Joe Haden fan. That being said, my guess is Watt’s message to the fans won’t stop them from trying.

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Yao Ming may be the only athlete who could make JJ Watt look tiny (Picture)

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JJ Watt is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Houston Texans defensive end is 6-foot-5, 298 pounds, and a monster on the field. One of Watt’s specialties is his ability to bat passes. He was credited with 16 passes defended last season, which is an absurd amount for a defensive lineman. But as big and awesome as Watt is on the gridiron, he looks like a dwarf standing next to former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.

The two Houston icons had lunch together Tuesday, according to Watt, who shared the above photo of them on Twitter. Sure, we all knew that Yao, who is 7-foot-6 is gigantic, but it’s still pretty incredible to see someone make Watt look tiny. Very few people can do that.

Photo credit: Twitter/JJ Watt

JJ Watt proposes to 6-year-old girl who wants to marry him (Video)

Earlier this month, a hilarious video surfaced of a 6-year-old girl crying because she wants to marry Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt. As you can understand after watching the video, fans didn’t know whether to laugh or cry while watching the young fan pout.

On Monday, Watt was made aware of the video and asked his Twitter followers for help in finding the little girl.

Since the defensive star has over 200,000 followers, it didn’t take long to locate her. On Wednesday, Watt tweeted some photos of him proposing to the 6-year-old. He said she “said yes to being my pretend wife for the day.”

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J.J. Watt brushes aside spitting on Patriots logo

jj wattJJ Watt is a fierce competitor who is not shy about ruffling his opponent’s feathers, which is why we were hardly surprised when we heard that he spit on the New England Patriots logo prior to Sunday’s playoff game. The Twitter world began buzzing roughly an hour before kickoff after several writers and reporters confirmed that Watt spit on the Patriots midfield logo during warmups and wiped his feet on it.

After the game, Watt confirmed he was guilty. However, he said it is something he does before every game.

“I do that every game, home or away,” he said according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. “I go out to midfield, I jog out there, I spit a little bit, wipe my feet off and then I go through my stretch. No drama there. That’s 100 percent what I do every game, home or away.”

While I can’t confirm if Watt indeed spits on every opposing team’s logo and/or the Texans logo before games, I do know from experience that he loves riling up the opposing fans. I was at Gillette Stadium earlier this season when the Patriots threw a beating on Houston the first time around. Prior to that game, Watt went over toward the stands and motioned to the crowd several times, obviously begging to have boos rained down on him. This is the same Watt who mocked Aaron Rodgers for his touchdown dance earlier this year.

In the end, it didn’t matter. The Texans were outmatched as everyone expected, and I highly doubt any players on the New England side even heard about the spitting incident, let alone used it as motivation. That being said, I’d love to hear if Watt’s comments about it would have been the same if Houston pulled off the upset.