When J.J. Watt got a sack last Sunday, he paid tribute to another great Houston professional athlete: Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.
In the third quarter of the game against Carolina, Watt strip-sacked Kyle Allen and then recovered the ball himself at the Panthers' 18-yard line. Instead of his usual celebratory salute, the five-time All-Pro decided to try something new. After his fumble recovery, Watt heaved the football towards the end zone.
Verlander reached the career milestone on Saturday night in the Astros final game of the regular season. Watt's wind-up and strikeout may have been lost on fans watching the game, but the ace pitcher was definitely amused and flattered.
With the sack, Watt owns a franchise-record 95.0 career sacks. Since entering the league in 2011 (108 games), only Denver's Von Miller has more in the NFL during that span.