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CloakNNNdagger
06-22-2011, 08:46 AM
Ex-Badger Watt sticking with what has worked (http://www.foxsportswisconsin.com/06/19/11/Ex-Badger-Watt-sticking-with-what-has-wo/landing_badgers.html?blockID=533572&feedID=5059)June 19, 2011
By BRANDON CRUZ
FOX Sports Wisconsin

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Day after day, former University of Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt hopes the NFL lockout will end so he can start playing football again.

It is his passion and soon to be his profession. But because the lockout doesn’t seem anywhere near over, the Houston Texans' first-round draft choice is doing what he always has done: working hard and sticking to a regimen that will prepare him for his next step.

Watt’s work ethic and desire to succeed have been there ever since trainer Brad Arnett met Watt when Watt was sophomore at Pewaukee High School.

"At the beginning, J.J. and I used to meet here at 6 o'clock in the morning, three days a week," Arnett said at his NX Level gym in Waukesha. "School may have been canceled because there was a snowstorm. He'd still call me and say, 'I'm coming; I'll be there,' and we'd meet here."

From there, Watt and Arnett formed a partnership and a friendship that has continued to grow through the years.

"He's been a mentor for me," Watt said as he was preparing for a recent workout at NX Level, which has become a hot spot for budding professional athletes from all over the country.

The relationship progressed quickly, mainly because of the maturity and attitude Watt showed while working toward his goals.

"There's been a lot of times that J.J. and I have sat down and had talks about stuff,” Arnett said. “Maybe his attitude wasn't right, or I didn't think he gave me the right work ethic, and I let him know. But you know what? He's a kid that always responded with a, 'Yes sir,' and a, 'No sir.' You never had to tell him something twice. It was always there."

Even now, with an NFL career about to begin, the same effort and disposition keeps Watt coming to NX Level regularly. He is using the same developmental model that has helped others, such as former Badgers linebacker DeAndre Levy (Detroit Lions) and safety Chris Maragos (San Francisco 49ers), succeed in the NFL.

"This place is amazing, just like Brad,” said Watt, the 11th overall draft choice last April. “He's got this world-class facility here that, obviously, has these guys coming in here and training. I'm in here three times a week."

In 2005, Arnett opened NX Level Sports Performance with a business partner. Since then, more than 200 athletes who have trained at NX Level have gone on to play major college and professional athletics.

Former USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith (the ninth pick in the 2011 draft by the Dallas Cowboys), former Baylor guard Danny Watkins (23rd overall, Philadelphia Eagles), Kansas City Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah, former USC center Kristofer O'Dowd and former Badgers and Detroit Lions running back Brian Calhoun are working out at Arnett’s gym.

"You talk to a lot of agents, and you always fight this, 'Well, you're not in the Sun Belt,' " Arnett said, laughing. "I'm like, ‘Are your kids going to get ready for being in the NFL by being in the sun? Or are they going to get the proper training?’ That's what it ultimately comes down to. If the kid's got to put on a parka and walk from the car to a heated building, we do have heat here. He'll be OK."

Watt, 22, doesn’t need the sun to get his work done.

"We may not have the beaches or the pretty girls,” he said. “But we've got a great place to train, and I guess that's why guys from Southern Cal are coming 2,000 miles to be here. Brad helps us with our diet, nutrition, conditioning, everything, just so we're ready for football when camps open up."

Arnett believes having NFL veterans around is part of setting an example for the younger players, like Watt, who are trying to succeed at that level.

"They're all going through the same progressions,” Arnett said. “They all follow on that same developmental model.

They can look over and see someone that's there. Or look over at DeAndre Levy, that's in the league, working out. Or like Brian Calhoun that was here. A lot of the guys that have come in and been there, done that. It's a huge boost for them to see that stuff."

In addition to working out in Waukesha, Watt has also spent some time in Houston with his future Texans teammates.

"I've been in touch with 30 or 35 guys as they've reached out,” he said. “They've gone over the playbook and what the coaches want. Also, they're helping me with everything like how to deal with the traffic, places to live, restaurants. They've been great.”

Watt will continue to train at NX Level while he is still living in Wisconsin. But he will move to Houston sometime in July so he will be ready for camp the moment it opens up.

"I want to be ready. I don't want to have to rush down there when things start,” he said. “This way, I'll be settled and ready to focus on football."

Arnett's model will have the players training under him in football shape by July.

"As we get further into the calendar, we start to turn the gas up a little bit more, a little bit more, a little bit more, so by the time we think it's going to be done and they get in there, hopefully, our calendar was right and they're prepared," Arnett said.

The Texans will not have to be concerned about their first-round pick's readiness. All Watt thinks about is getting his career started.

"Football's what I signed up for, and I just want to play." Watt said.

IDEXAN
06-22-2011, 09:06 AM
Nice find C&D !
That's quite a following that NX facility has.

Ole Miss Texan
06-22-2011, 09:14 AM
I'm so so glad we selected him. I think Watt is going to be a fan favorite on this team for a LONG time.

I love hearing him say he's been in contact with 30-35 of our players, and he mentioned them going over the playbook. Nothing can replace running the plays with coaches and players on the field... but studying the schemes and language used is huge.

Dutchrudder
06-22-2011, 09:19 AM
Let's just hope the EPA doesn't regulate his output.

Maddict5
06-22-2011, 11:34 AM
he should be in houston working out with kevin walters and the rest of his team

houstonspartan
06-22-2011, 09:35 PM
He really needs to get down here ASAP to adjust to this heat and humidity. He needs to be here and live in this climate before workouts begin.

badboy
06-22-2011, 09:43 PM
I wonder if the NCAA will allow the draftees to return to their college team if not a senior. They could play "game ball" & NFL would retain their rights. Colleges could purchase health insurance to protect NFL until CBA resolved. Snicker.

Rey
06-22-2011, 11:22 PM
He really needs to get down here ASAP to adjust to this heat and humidity. He needs to be here and live in this climate before workouts begin.

Has he gotten paid yet? Does he have insurance if het gets seriously hurt training with teammates?

I think there are other factors at play.

Allstar
06-23-2011, 01:46 AM
I wonder if the NCAA will allow the draftees to return to their college team if not a senior. They could play "game ball" & NFL would retain their rights. Colleges could purchase health insurance to protect NFL until CBA resolved. Snicker.

Can't go back and play if you've hired an agent. I would assume that credit card companies tend to understand the situation of these soon-to-be millionaires and they are already living like kings.

houstonspartan
06-23-2011, 10:42 AM
Has he gotten paid yet? Does he have insurance if het gets seriously hurt training with teammates?

I think there are other factors at play.

Good point.

El Tejano
06-23-2011, 10:46 AM
I'm a licensed insurance agent for the state of Wisconsin. Right now they are getting some Texas weather. 95-100 degrees. It's close.

texanfan2002114
06-23-2011, 10:49 AM
Can't go back and play if you've hired an agent. I would assume that credit card companies tend to understand the situation of these soon-to-be millionaires and they are already living like kings.

I don't think your right about this. From what I remember hearing from John Mclain on 610 that some players have taken loans out from agents at a 30% interest rate because the credit companies don't care about them not getting any money now due to the lockout.

texanfan2002114
06-23-2011, 10:54 AM
Here is a article about NFL players taking high risk loans from banks at 18%-24%.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/04/13/report-nfl-players-taking-risky-loans/

"According to a report from Yahoo!’s thepostgame.com, players from at least 16 teams, including the Miami Dolphins, have sought out “aggressive short-term loans with high interest rates.” The interest ranges from 18 to 24 percent and if defaulted on, can jump to as high as 36 percent."

texanfan2002114
06-23-2011, 10:57 AM
"As the NFL work stoppage continues with no end in sight, some cash-strapped players are taking out high-risk, high-interest loans to get them through the lean times — some as big as $250,000 with interest rates as high as 30 percent."


"Over the past six weeks or so, according to Yorker, he’s issued 25 NFL players loans, ranging from $30,000 to $250,000. Last year at this time, he’d made just three loans. Of the current batch, 10 went to veterans and 15 to rookies. The demand from just-drafted prospects left out in the cold by the lockout has been “off the charts,” he said."

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/05/15/051511-news-nfl-lenders-1-4/

Rey
06-23-2011, 10:58 AM
I don't think your right about this. From what I remember hearing from John Mclain on 610 that some players have taken loans out from agents at a 30% interest rate because the credit companies don't care about them not getting any money now due to the lockout.

That's a he'll of an interest rate.

It probably would not be smart of them to start living in the city they were drafted to just yet. They don't know how long this is going to last. And a lot them probably didn't get house buying money.