The NFL needs J.J. Watt


Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the game against the Washington Redskins at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is in crisis. Star players being suspended, arrested and in the case of Ray Rice putting the most ugly face on the NFL in this era of hype and media. Football, so far in this young season is caught up in the political games of activist, scandal driven media looking to sacrifice another sacred cow and with the blood in the water around NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that shows no signs of letting up. The NFL needs an ambassador. Someone that epitomizes everything good about the NFL, athletes, the kinda guy you’d let your daughter date.

I believe the NFL needs J.J. Watt.

There are few players that are as highly visible, motivated, play at such a level as Watt. His is a feel good story. Young man who walked on to the University of Wisconsin team, who was derided in some media circles as a bust draft pick being “just some pizza delivery guy” has made good. He landed a giant contract and instead of rubbing his thumbs at the camera, almost seems ashamed of his fortune. It might seem to some, that wanting to work as if you’re under paid as old fashioned, J.J. Watt means it. He started the 2014 season as a menace to the Washington Redskins, and a walking highlight reel.

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To beat back the hounds of hell unleashed on the NFL right now, it’s not time to cower and capitulate the clamoring class of elitist snobs whose whole existence is demanding everyone live as they deem correct.  It’s not time to sacrifice Roger Goodell to appease the protesters. It’s time to go on the offensive. Highlighting players of high moral and ethical standards, of excellent play and sportsmanship. People who go out of their way to be part of their communities not to be seen at the latest charity dinner to gossip and be seen, but because they truly value the gift that their careers are and wish to give back.

Showcasing the best of the league, what the NFL seeks from all it’s players, staff and coaches is the answer to the drama unfolding. Every team has someone worth spending the effort on showing “This is what the NFL aspires to bring out in our players.” Counter negative with positive. Is there any player out there that better embodies this then J. J. Watt?

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