As the fight for playoff spots begin to play a larger role in each matchup, we look at this week’s Thursday matchup between two teams who don’t have the highest of hopes for the playoffs. Regardless, the matchup between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars should be a good one.
This week’s Throwback Thursday takes a look at the other side of the ball: the defense. Who better to follow than the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt. The defensive end has tallied over 60 total tackles, forced 3 fumbles, and brought the QB down to the ground for a sack 9.5 times this season.
Watt has always been relentless when it comes to running down the quarterback. In high school, he played both sides of the ball as a tight end and defensive end. He grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin where he attended Pewaukee High School. The standout athlete also competed in basketball, baseball, and track & field.
Watt was destined to play football as he gathered 400 yards and 6 touchdowns as a tight end in his senior season. While impressive, it was his play on defense that really showed his skills. He recorded 70 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 4 fumbles recovered, 10 sacks, and a school-record 22.5 tackles for loss.
Even after earning some conference and state honors, Watt didn’t get the recognition from national scouting he probably deserved. While he was ranked the 7th best athlete in the state of Wisconsin, he was not ranked for either the tight end or defensive end position and was only considered a 2-star athlete
Despite the lack of recognition from national scouting sources such as Rivals and Scout, Watt’s work ethic allowed him to transfer to the University of Wisconsin and eventually play in the NFL. For a trip down his memory lane, check out the video below.
Watt is proof that hard work pays off. He went from a low level recruit to an NFL superstar that made a guest appearance on the hit TV show, The League. Who knows, maybe all that hard work will make Santa put a Wilson Custom Football under your tree.