What can Vince Wilfork teach J.J. Watt?
It's a good question. One that not even the two-time Super Bowl winning Wilfork could answer.
"Teach him what? What am I going to teach J.J.? One thing we're going to teach each other is we're going to compete at the highest level," Wilfork said Saturday. "I mean, I think at this point in his career, anybody can get something out of somebody, but you'd have to ask him what he's going to get from me."
Instead, the 12-year veteran wants to learn from the 26-year-old All-Pro. Referring to Watt as "a perfect person," Wilfork is looking forward to competing with his fellow defensive lineman in training camp and throughout the season. He does admit that finding something to compete with Watt against will be difficult because "in every category he's a beast."
"The amount of effort that he puts into practice, the film, and preparation, he's a true professional," Wilfork said. "To be so young and be the way that he is, it's like he's been around this game for 10 or 11 years the way he carries himself on and off the field. He's a prime example of what the NFL is looking for when they talk about guys that know how to play this game and be a professional and be a human being."
Wilfork introduced his family to Watt after the Texans first day of training camp on Saturday. It w was a promise he made to his daughter, Destiny. The 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was a big factor in Wilfork's decision to sign with Houston this offseason.
"Yes, one of the reasons I came here was because of my daughter," Wilfork said. "She said the only reason she was going to move here is if she got a chance to meet him. I said, 'Okay, well' and I made that promise some months back. It finally paid off for me right now, so I'm the best dad in the world right now."