EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Reggie White altered the future of NFL free agency when he signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1993, leaving the Philadelphia Eagles in the middle of one of the most dominant careers of any defensive player in NFL history.
He continued amassing sacks he currently stands second to Bruce Smith in league history with 198 -- while with Green Bay and became perhaps the greatest defensive player ever. All the while, one kid in the Wisconsin town of Pewaukee was taking notice.
J.J. Watt tried to pattern his game after White's, but Watt has done a lot of studying now that he's grown up way up, into the Houston Texans' 6-foot-5 295-pound beast of a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
"Obviously, living in Wisconsin, I was a big Reggie White fan," Watt said Wednesday on a conference call with Minnesota reporters ahead of the Texans' Sunday game against the Vikings. "Ever since I moved to defensive line in college, I've watched film on guys like Howie Long. I'm ...