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BWTB: The NFL Hunger Games


Even Hollywood has hopped on the J.J. Watt bandwagon.

The Hats Off Show, a weekly podcast focused on sports and entertainment hosted by Adam Green and Jarod Einsohn, recently interviewed The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson for its inaugural episode.

If you're not into teenage sci-fi trilogies, The Hunger Games portrays a futuristic totalitarian society which forces children to participate in annual "fight to the death" tournaments. The event is broadcast to the public and used by the government to intimidate citizens of the republic.

Sounds charming, right?

If you're unlucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Hunger Games, you better hope you've got a trusty companion by your side.

During his phone interview, Hutcherson was asked which pro sports figure he would take into battle with him in a real-life version of the Hunger Games: Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers or New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick?

His answer? Neither.

"While Bill Belichick would be a good strategy, a strategic planner and what have you, when you're in the games, though, what it comes down to is survival," the actor said. "You can plan all you want but in the end it's gonna be one-on-one or whatever it is. You have to be able to survive and kill and win and all that. And because of that, I would have chosen somebody like a professional football player, like a J.J. Watt."

Watt, standing 6'5" and weighing in at 289 lbs, wouldn't be the worst choice for an ally. He's fast, athletic and nothing short of a monster when he straps on that Texans helmet on Sundays.

"I feel like an athlete has that killer instinct, like a warrior," Hutcherson added, "more so than the coordinating strategic mind."

No word on if any quarterbacks have volunteered as tribute.

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