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 includ...