Monday night was a first for J.J. Watt.
The Texans defensive end was on-hand for the 1-1 tie between Mexico and Venezuela in the Copa America soccer tournament. He was amazed by what happened after Jesus "Tecatito" Corona scored an equalizing goal in the 80th minute.
"I saw something I have never seen before in my life," Watt said. "When the Mexico team scored a goal, people just showered the field with beer, popcorn. I have never seen that in my life. It was wild. The atmosphere was electric."
Following the game, Watt was given a jersey by Mexican star Chicharito. The 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year had surprised Mexico at their practice on Sunday night.
Ultimately, though, Watt said he'd like to see the Americans here for the semifinal match on June 21.
"I know there's a chance the USA could play here in a few days, so that would be incredible," Watt said. "It was a lot of fun and I hope, obviously, the USA makes it pretty far."
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is a big soccer fan, and also took in the game at NRG Stadium. He enjoyed the festivities, too.
"That was a good game," Hopkins said. "A lot of upsets have been happening lately. Right now, I'm rooting for the underdogs."
Watt, Hopkins and the Texans began minicamp on Tuesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. They'll practice again on Wednesday and Thursday before breaking until the start of training camp in late July.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 6/14/2021)