In this day and age of the NFL where players make outrageous amounts of money, many feel that their personal life should revolve around the clubs and the night life. J.J. Watt is the complete opposite, knowing the sacrifices it takes to get to the level he is at today. And rookies around the league should really take notice.
The former Wisconsin Badgers star and 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year of the Houston Texans was asked if he was bothered at all by being picked on by teammates because he was “too busy to have a personal life.” Watt’s response was nothing short of amazing:
And he hits the nail right on the head. Who knows how long his career will last. No one knows if their next game will be their last. So why not make the most of it? To the average fan, the NFL season is just when training camp opens in July to the Super Bowl in February. When reality is the job of an NFL player goes all year long. The hours a player spends in the film room, weight room and taking care of their bodies are just some of the sacrifices a successful player will have to make.
There’s a lot of players in the NFL-rookies especially-that should really read these words and take them to heart. Hard work, determination and sacrifices will get you a lot farther in this league than trying to decide what party or club you’re going to go to that night.
And don’t worry J.J., we’ll save you a beer up here in Wisconsin for when your great career is over with.