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Old 10-13-2012   #1
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Nice piece on JJ from the new sportswriter:

The life and times of J.J. Watt
By Tania Ganguli | Saturday, October 13, 2012
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There already is a myth circulating about Watt, who is 23 and in his second NFL season, and how made it to the NFL.

It goes like this:

Watt dropped out of Central Michigan, left behind a full scholarship and worked at a Pizza Hut in Pewaukee. There, he realized he wanted to be a football player and not a Pizza Hut delivery man. One day he delivered a pizza and a boy answered the door perplexed about why this football star was delivering his pizza. In his car, Watt cried and vowed to turn his life around.

That story is like a Taylor Swift song. Catchy, sweet and only loosely based on reality.

The truth is more complex but no less revealing. To understand it requires understanding his childhood...
read more: http://www.chron.com/sports/article/...tt-3945755.php
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the crying part is journalistic sensationalism. Ive heard watt in a couple of interviews say he didnt really cry.
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He hasn't forgotten the boos from the night he was drafted.

"A lot of them wanted Nick Fairley, a lot of them wanted Prince Amukamara," Watt said. "There were a lot of people saying I was just a big white guy, that the team was taking a high character guy, not the best football player."

Watt has a computer file of a video that shows fans at Reliant Stadium booing as the Texans selected him on draft day. The video also has interviews with some of those fans. One said he was canceling his season tickets. Another said it was a wasted pick.

But the last fan interviewed felt differently. That person said he loved the pick and that Watt would lead the Texans to a Super Bowl.

"If my dream comes true and we win a Super Bowl here, I want to find that guy," Watt said. "And I want to shake that guy's hand (and) say, 'Thank you for believing in me, and you were right.' "
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MSR. Great article.
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the crying part is journalistic sensationalism. Ive heard watt in a couple of interviews say he didnt really cry.
You have that correct. Here's Gruden interviewing Watt re. his climb from high school football to the Pizza delivery to the 10 year old kid story to the Badgers to the Texans.
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This part cracked me up because I can totally picture it in my mind.

"At Pizza Hut, Watt was the fastest delivery driver and most dependable. He took pride in that. Only weather derailed him. One day, Watt tried to deliver a pizza in a snowstorm and got stuck after sliding down a snow bank. He called a tow truck, which also got stuck. The towing company called a second truck, and it got stuck. Finally, he called his mom, who picked him up. The whole ordeal made him hungry, so he ate the order of pizza and wings while he waited for help.

"He claims he was in the snow so long that he had to eat the food in there to stay alive," said Tony Grant, Watt's store manager at the time. "But he wasn't in there that long.""
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You have that correct. Here's Gruden interviewing Watt re. his climb from high school football to the Pizza delivery to the 10 year old kid story to the Badgers to the Texans.
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If JJ keeps playing like he is, his next contract is going to make Mario's $100-million deal look like tip money.

Bob McNair will never, ever, ever, ever let JJ go, and will swing open the bank vault to make sure it happens.
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I'm just waiting for him to pick a girlfriend so I can see pics of her inevitably massive chesticles (MilkMan).
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the crying part is journalistic sensationalism. Ive heard watt in a couple of interviews say he didnt really cry.
Yeah this article makes that quite clear. Well written article, really enjoyed it
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If JJ keeps playing like he is, his next contract is going to make Mario's $100-million deal look like tip money.

Bob McNair will never, ever, ever, ever let JJ go, and will swing open the bank vault to make sure it happens.
I know this is the age of free agency, but i think it is safe to say that Watt will be a lifelong Texan.
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Good article, thanks for sharing
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Bad ass article! And now I'm off to eat my vegetables.
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So, who was the fan who had faith in him after the Texans drafted him? Has to be someone round here someone knows.
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Yo, y'all remember this oldie but goody?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeKQ_...ture=endscreen
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Yo, y'all remember this oldie but goody?

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Great video, I don't recall seeing that!
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Great video, I don't recall seeing that!
Ha, I just got rid of that exact Toro lawn mower. Got the new Toro with the Briggs and Stratton engine, not the old Tecumseh.

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