HOUSTON Everybody has boyhood heroes. Some of us get to meet them. Not many get to surpass them.
That's what happened to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt on Sunday. He raised his season totals to 15 sacks and 15 pass breakups, topping the 1991 feat of the legendary Reggie White, whose poster hung on the bedroom wall of a young Watt.
"Growing up idolizing Reggie White growing up in Wisconsin as a Packers fan to break his record is almost incomprehensible," Watt said. "I almost can't put into words it means a lot to me."
Watt, a 23-year-old from Pewaukee, Wis., is the only player in NFL history with 15 sacks and 15 pass breakups in a single season.
"Anytime you're the only person to ever do something, it's crazy, it's wild, but as I've said all along, if you want to be the greatest, if you want to be the best, you have to be willing to want to do things that have never been done before," he said. "This is one ...