J.J. Watt was 5,000 miles away from Houston, but his mind wandered back to Texans fans.
The 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year took a trip to London recently, and watched a Chelsea Football Club soccer match. While Watt surveyed the action on the pitch, a youngster in the row behind him cheered on stars John Terry and Didier Drogba. The 10-year old's unbridled enthusiasm re-crystallized things for Watt.
"I was sitting there wondering what it's like for kids in the stands watching our games," Watt said on Wednesday. "It was one of those things where it help me put it into perspective what it's like for fans to watch our games and it kind of reminded me how special this opportunity is that I get to play in this
game. It was really, really cool."
Chelsea defeated Sunderland, 3-1, on Sunday and captured the 2014-15 Premier League title. Watt was just one of the 41,620 in attendance at Stamford Bridge, and he relished the idea of the Texans experiencing a similar type of success.
"Them lifting the cup, lifting the trophy, seeing all the fans go crazy, knowing they had a parade the next day, that's the feeling we're all chasing," Watt said.
Watt and his teammates continue in that Super Bowl quest with OTAs on Thursday and Friday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
J.J. Watt took in a Chelsea game on a recent trip to London.