J.J. Watt talks being in leadership role with Houston Texans


Jul 26, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) runs onto the field during training camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

After Sunday’s training camp with the Houston Texans, one of the captains of the team, defensive end J.J. Watt was asked about his leadership role with the team.

Watt is one of the most experienced defensive players on the Texans’ roster, calling himself an “old man.” He’s 25 years old.

Though it is a bit of a different role, as Watt acknowledged in speaking with the Houston media on Sunday, he relishes the role he has within the team.

In quotes provided by the Texans media staff Watt said:

"“First and foremost, I’m always trying to lead by example. I’m going to go out here and try to do things the right way, try and show the guys that I’m all-in …  I’m telling them little tips, just some of the little things: how to be a pro off the field, how to take care of your body, how to take care of your business.”"

Watt last season finished with 80 combined tackles, four forced fumbles and 10.5 sacks. This is his fourth season with the Texans, and now it is Watt’s turn to give the tips to his teammates.

"“On the field (showing), little tricks, little tips that I’ve learned through my few years. (I’m) doing as much as I can. Just getting in guys’ ears and letting them know what they can do to be a better player.”"

For his first three years in the NFL, Watt has 36.5 sacks and 217 career tackles. Watt has also has forced eight fumbles in his career.

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Watt said he just wants to continue to get better.

"“Like I’ve said, training camp is the best time of the year to improve. Every single day you can improve on some technique, on some fundamental. There’s no time of year like it. Every single day you can get better and that’s why I love it.”"