In his early teenage years at Asa Clark Middle School in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, J.J. Watt was just like any other kid.
“I can remember back in middle school when a new Eastbay catalog would come out and everybody would bring their catalogs to school, and in the cafeteria we would all poke through it and circle things we wanted.” Watt said. “That was a huge talking point for weeks.”
Now, over a decade later, Watt has grown into one of the most feared playmakers in all of football, but he still finds it crazy that he and his younger brothers Derek and T.J. have been able to journey so far into the sport they’ve always loved.
“It’s been pretty incredible — we used to play backyard football and pretend we were NFL football players and now here we are and get to do it for real,” Watt said. “I think that it is still hard to wrap our minds around sometimes, but it’s also a testament to what hard work and belief in yourself can do.”
Not only does Watt have the motor and competitive drive many could only wish for, but he also has the size, strength, and speed to make just about any play he wants.
Over his six-year career, he has totaled 76 sacks, 379 tackles, and forced 15 fumbles, leading him to four Pro Bowl selections.
However, the standout numbers he has put up in his career didn’t just come out of nowhere. Watt said he continues to give his all in his training because every day is another chance to get better.