Houston-area mothers didn't let rainy weather dampen their enthusiasm to attend the first annual Houston Texans Play Safe Moms Clinic presented by GE and Houston Methodist.
On Wednesday night, mothers arrived at the Houston Methodist Training Center to hear speakers on various football topics for their children: Proper Equipment Fitting, Hydration Awareness, and Concussion Education. The evening kicked off with a Q&A segment featuring the Play Safe Football Moms panel with Hannah McNair, Melissa Wilson of FOX-26, and Lynette Brown of GE.
As the evening got underway, a surprise guest snuck into the room during the panelists' discussion.
"I just want to listen for a few minutes," J.J. Watt asked from the back row of an audience of unsuspecting mothers.
Watt posed for pictures and spoke to moms about the importance of their role in a young football player's life. He told the story of his own mother who made his meals and gave up her free time to support him and his brothers playing sports.
"I think it's such a fine balance for a mom to play because she wants to be supportive, she wants to be there and she really wants to show her son that she's there for him and supports him," Watt said. "But at the same time, you have to learn how to let him grow on his own and you have to find that balance between letting him make his own mistakes."
The evening ended with an on-field session where moms could get some hands-on experience with football drills that included a group stretch and Play Safe Tackling techniques. Texans ambassadors J.J. Moses, N.D. Kalu, and Eric Brown and cheerleaders took part in the evening and signed autographs for moms afterwards.
Houston-area mothers did not let rainy weather dampen their enthusiasm to attend the first annual Houston Texans Play Safe Moms Clinic presented by GE and Houston Methodist.