The AFC South is wide open in 2014, to such an extent that the Houston Texans can go from a two-win season last year to potential division champs, even with first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney out after knee surgery. Houston’s bookend defensive end J.J. Watt showed the NFL last week he might win the whole division by himself.
— Ryan Kelly (@RyanJKelly) September 8, 2014
Even with that shiny new $100 million deal, Watt is still No. 4 in the NFL for best bang for Houston’s buck. That’s just Watt’s on-field performance. Once you factor in his demeanor off the field, he makes a run at being the best dude $100 million can buy.
Watt was a Wisconsin Athlete of the Year coming out of high school, but proving how much of a scam recruiting services are, he was just rated as a two-star prospect. Watt spent his freshman year at Central Michigan—where he played tight end!
Once he learned that CMU is, well, CMU, Watt asked if he could transfer to Wisconsin to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL. Since Watt had to walk on to the team and his parents could only afford one year of college, he had to balance school and football with a job as a pizza guy.
Once Watt was placed on scholarship, he took off. He terrorized the Big Ten for two seasons, and if he had stayed for one more year, he would have likely played for a national championship alongside Russell Wilson.
When he’s not cameoing on FX's The League, Watt also just so happens to be a surrogate brother for three orphans.
J.J. Watt. Dreams big; works hard. And a great role model for a NFL that desperately needs one.