It's official. If you didn't know it already, J.J. Watt is the most feared and respected defensive player in the NFL. His latest Defensive Player of the Year honor makes it two in the last three years.
No player has racked up 20 or more sacks in multiple seasons. He's done it twice. In four years. Plus, he's a defensive end in a 3-4 alignment. What he is doing is unheard of.
It's already been an amazing ride with Watt in a Texans uniform and it's just getting started. From the moment he was drafted he's created headlines. To think some actually booed the Watt selection at the Verizon West Club back in 2011. He was taken 11th overall and the prevailing thinking was that the Texans needed a pass rusher. How was a defensive end from Wisconsin going to help get after the quarterback in a 3-4 defense?
My favorite Watt story is still about him hearing about the Berry kids, who saw their parents killed in a car crash which left two of them paralyzed. Watt purchased Texans gear and went to visit them in the hospital. This was no PR move. It was the lockout. It was Watt being Watt.
During his rookie season, I did a show with Connor Barwin and Shaun Cody. They affectionately joked how Watt has "a life plan," The respected his commitment. They knew he could be special. He had five and a half sacks his rookie year. At the end of that season he would say he began to "figure some things out" about the league.
The next three years he would put up 51.5 sacks and three Pro Bowl bids. Now that he's been named Defensive Player of the Year there's only one seasonal individual award that's next.
Houston, savor this. Athletes like this only come once in a generation. We're lucky to have him and it'll be exciting to watch he and the Texans continue to grow.
Defensive end J.J. Watt's 2014 was one to remember. Game-by-game, a Texans' opponent shared his thoughts on the Defensive Player of the Year.