Originally written December 19, 2012 on State of the Texans:
There has been plenty of talk since J.J. Watt has taken the 2012 season by storm and has become the unquestionable defensive leader of the Houston Texans. Watt through fourteen games has put up some numbers in his second season that some players only dream about, 74 total tackles, 19.5 sacks, 15 pass deflections and 3 forced fumbles   Watt is pushing for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Honors with Aldon Smith (49ers) and Von Miller (Denver) as the closest competition for the award. His teammates are realizing what Watt is doing on the football field. His fellow defensive end Antonio Smith had some very choice words on his teammate and his magical season. “I’ve never seen nothing like it, man. We were talking about it on the sideline. I think it was a huddle, a group of players in awe of the job that he’s doing. I think what a lot of people tend to forget, and I said it on ESPN or NFL (Network) or whatever it was, is that J.J.’s a tackle. We’ve got him labeled as an end so everybody judges him on the measuring stick as an end. He beat two guys every play to get 20 sacks. He’s not on the edge free on one guy every time. He’s getting 3, 4 sometimes 5 tackles for a loss each game. He might end up the season with the most tackles out of a defensive lineman and the most sacks. Where have you heard of that before? I’ve never heard of it. I want him to break the record. I want him to go down in history and have his names written in the books forever.” - Antonio Smith
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