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J.J. Watt is so in demand this offseason he had to post a blanket message on social media to politely decline all the prom invitations pouring in.
Watt is heeding advice to take advantage of (almost) all the opportunities that come as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. He also must ensure his schedule allows for his full training regime.
"All the cool stuff I'm doing is great," the Houston Texans end said in a phone interview Thursday. "All that will go away if I don't play well."
Watt figures he's been on a plane 20-25 times already this offseason, compared with eight or nine flights at this point last year. The one trip he absolutely wanted to make was to join an NFL USO trip to visit American troops in the Middle East. He'd heard coach Gary Kubiak and others rave about the experience.
Watt had hoped to go last year but the timing didn't work out. He started talking to organizers early on this time to make sure the dates came together.
The fellow stars on the trip included Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the only other person to earn a vote for defensive player honors.
"I always wanted to make sure that whatever I did, I thanked them," Watt said of last week's visit to the troops.
Watt's offseason travels have included a vacation in Ireland, his one chance at some "me time." Then there was the "proposal" to a 6-year-old fan seen crying in a viral video that she was too young to marry the football star -- photos of which soon went viral themselves.
A year ago, Watt was coming off a strong rookie season as a first-round draft pick. Then he led the NFL with 20 sacks and blocked 16 passes in his second season to earn 49 of 50 votes for defensive player honors.
"It's a whole lot different," Watt said of this offseason. "Everything is magnified. Anything you do is written about and put on the Internet."
Watt is just 24 after celebrating a birthday Friday. He's not fazed by the knowledge all future seasons will be judged off of 2012.
"That's fine by me," he said. "Nobody has higher expectations than I do."
BEST OF MAXIM
Your browser does not support iframes.Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is known as one of the best pass rushing lineman in the National Football League.But how does his skills on the gridiron translate to the diamond?Watch as Watt tries his hand at baseball as he takes batting practice with the Astros before their game against the Cubs at Minute Maid Park on Friday.As you can...
PROVIDING THE POP
Is there a sport J.J. Watt can’t dominate? Apparently not. The Texans’ star defensive end on Friday tried his hand behind the plate at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. Batting righty, Watt belted five home runs during a batting practice session, doing some damage along the way. .@jjwatt finished BP with 5 homers, including 3 off the facade & 1 off the billboard...
J.J. Watt played baseball up until his sophomore year of high school, but it looks like he has still got it. Check out the below video of JJ going HAM in the cage prior to the Astros game on Friday.
#texanstalk. @jjwatt just went yard 3x in a row.yfrog.us/5nxrxukaweesup…
— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) March 29, 2013
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NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt knows he needs to get in his offseason training even as he takes advantage of the opportunities that come with his success.
The Houston Texans end figures he's been on a plane 20-25 times already this offseason, compared with eight or nine flights at this point last year.
He said Thursday: ''All the cool stuff I'm doing...
At 6’5″ and 295 pounds, J.J. Watt is a monster. The Houston Texans’ defensive end is certainly comf…
J.J. Watt has been known to make contact with quarterbacks throughout his two-year career with the Houston Texans, but on Friday he took his power to the diamond.
Watt, who posted 20 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles in the 2012 season, connected on a few balls after a rough start in batting practice. The defensive end drilled one into the Crawford Boxes in left field, according...
(Credit Photo above to the Houston Chronicle)
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt continued to make the city of Houston remember why he is the face of the franchise. The 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year joined the Houston Astros and took batting practice at Minute Maid Park and looked like a natural.
Watt will be throwing out the 1st pitch of the game when the Astros host...
Well now this is just savvy marketing.
The Houston Astros, as you know, are not so good. They have lost 213 game over the last two years and haven't had a winning season since George W. Bush was a president and not an artist. Average attendance last season dropped below 20,000 for the first time since 1995, which you'll remember as the year baseball fans, still angry about...
Houston Texans J.J. Watt goes yard taking some batting practice with the Astros. Might not be a stretch to say they could use him as a pinch hitter this year.
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The Houston Astros are not looking the greatest for this coming season. The sad thing is that they've been pretty bad of late so fans have another season of ineptitude ahead of them. Now the no-name young-ins that they have could turn into big-time players and the team could do well...but then they will probably get traded away as soon as they break out so the team will still...
Tweet The Houston Astros will be the hosts of Major League Baseball’s opening night this year when they take on the Texas Rangers Sunday. With all eyes of the baseball world on Minute Maid Park one of Houston’s most recognizable faces will be on the diamond prior to the game. Houston Texans defensive end, [...]