JJ Watt’s wife is an impressive soccer player, and now we know she has another emerging skill.
Watt tweeted a video on Saturday of the setup in his kitchen that showed his wife Kealia Ohai making pasta. The humorous part was how she had the homemade noodles dangling everywhere.
Finished up my zoom meetings for the night and walked out of my office straight into Italy apparently @KealiaOhai with the homemade pasta hanging all over the kitchen. Love to see it! pic.twitter.com/0LeEdg9cNV
Ohai and Watt got engaged in May last year and were married in February. Ohai, who plays pro soccer for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL, recently made a fitting change to her jersey. She also looks like quite the budding chef with her culinary skills.
Watt is preparing for the upcoming NFL season, which will mark his 10th with the Houston Texans.
T.J. was a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2017 and making $1.7 million this season. The Steelers have already picked up his fifth-year option for 2021 at $10 million, so he’s still under contract for two more seasons. But he would be in line for an extension next year like Bosa.
T.J., 25, had 13 sacks in 2018 and 14.5 sacks last season. He has made the Pro Bowl two years in a row and stacks up to Bosa pretty nicely.
The NFL and NFL Players Association still have several issues to sort out before the green light is given to proceed with the 2020 season, and a number of star players took to social media on Sunday to express how frustrated they are with the negotiations.
In what seemed like a coordinated effort to put pressure on the NFL, top players like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt took aim at the league over not having a coherent health and safety plan in place.
We need Football! We need sports! We need hope! The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done @NFL
Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow.#WeWantToPlaypic.twitter.com/xQcjs33zgM
Crazy to see how the NFL is not following the recommendations of its own experts regarding health and safety for Us as players! As of today questions have not been answered and we want to play football. Y’all want to watch football this year?#WeWantToPlay
That was just a sampling of what some of the NFL’s biggest names had to say, so the tweets were clearly sent at the directive of the NFLPA. As we saw with negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players Association, the two sides clearly are not seeing eye-to-eye on a number of key issues. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that the tweet blitz on Sunday came in response to the acclimation period for players, with the union wanting all preseason games canceled and the NFL still wanting two.
Translating the #WeWantToPlay posts you're seeing now: Joint medical committee recommended a 21-day acclimation period. NFL asked players to show up 2 weeks early to accomodate it; NFLPA said no. NFL shortened acclimation period to accommodate 2 preseason games. Union wants 0.
Kealia Ohai was an extremely successful athlete long before she married JJ Watt, and many women in her situation choose to keep their last name after getting married. However, Ohai is now a Watt, and she’s proudly displaying it on her jersey.
Ohai — or should we say Ohai Watt — had “Watt” on the back of her Chicago Red Stars jersey on Sunday night. She shared a photo on Twitter.
Watt and Ohai got married back in February. They began dating back in 2016. Watt has shown support for Ohai in the past by wearing her jersey at games, but now he can wear his own name on the back when he watches her play.
Ohai Watt is in her first season with the Red Stars after playing for the Houston Dash from 2014-2019. She’s also a member of the US Women’s National Team.
Patrick Mahomes’ 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs has certainly attracted the attention of some other quarterbacks around the league. That’s especially true for those who have yet to sign a long-term deal with their current franchise.
Deshaun Watson is one of those quarterbacks, and negotiations with the Houston Texans on a long-term contract are likely to come in the relatively near future. Watson knows it and the Texans know it. So does his Houston teammate J.J. Watt, who sent his quarterback a quick message upon learning about the Mahomes deal.
JJ Watt’s salary for 2020 places him well below some of the highest-paid defensive ends in football, but the Houston Texans star says he is not going to approach the team about renegotiating his contract this offseason.
Watt signed six-year, $100 million contract with the Texans back in 2014, and he has no guaranteed money remaining on the deal. Despite that, the 31-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that he has no intention of demanding more money. Watt said he doesn’t think asking for a new contract at this time is necessary, and he hinted that he understands the Texans might have reservations about giving him one due to his recent injury history.
J.J. Watt was asked, with two years remaining and no guaranteed money left on his contract, would he want a contract extension this offseason.
Health has become a major concern for Watt. After not missing a game in his first five NFL seasons, the former No. 11 overall pick has been sidelined for a total of 32 over the last four years. The latest injury was a torn pectoral muscle that shut him down for the second half of the regular season last year, though he battled back and was able to suit up in the playoffs.
Watt is just two years removed from a 16-sack season in 2018. He claims he is healthy heading into the 2020 season, and he will certainly be in line for another massive contract if he comes close to duplicating his production from two years ago. Even if he sought an extension this offseason, he wouldn’t be in a position of strength.
Even veteran players are prone to bad seasons. Despite their experience and talent, sometimes things just don’t click, be it an underlying injury, a bad supporting cast, or a poor scheme fit. It’s particularly troublesome when vets go through bad seasons, as NFL teams rely on their most experienced and accomplished players to drive them forward. If that doesn’t happen, the whole team suffers.
So which NFL veterans really need to turn things around and get back on track in 2020? Here are five to watch for.
JJ Watt used to look like the “before” picture in fitness infomercials, but he can look back with some humor now that he is in the “after” stage.
On Wednesday, Houston Texans defensive end came across an old picture of himself in high school looking as scrawny as a pencil and put his roasting cap on. Watt tweeted a plea for someone to introduce him to a bicep curl or a squat and joked that the jumbo shoulder pads weren’t fooling anyone.
For the love of pete, what in the world was happening in high school?
Could someone introduce me to a bicep curl please? A squat? Anything.
The five-time Pro Bowler graduated from high school in 2007, seeing time at tight end and defensive end for the football team and playing center for the varsity basketball team as well. Interestingly enough, Watt was listed at 230 pounds in high school, compared to his current playing weight of 288 pounds.