Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is drawing comparisons to some of the all-time greatest NFL linemen with his brilliant play.
And to think the coaches at Central Michigan University wanted Watt to become the next Joe Staley.
Staley began his college career as a CMU tight end but was shifted to left tackle. The move was so successful that San Francisco selected Staley in the first round of the 2007 draft.
Later that year, Watt made his Chippewas debut as a true freshman at tight end. Staley told FOXSports.com that the CMU staff then "tried to do what they did to me to him" by converting Watt.
Unlike with Staley, Watt was so resistant to the scenario that he believed delivering pizzas was a better option. That's the job Watt held to make ends meet when leaving his CMU scholarship behind to become a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin.
"They missed out," Staley said of his alma mater. "They were like, 'We're going to move you to tackle now,' and he was like, 'Nah.' I thin...