J.J. Watt is perhaps the most disruptive 3-4 defensive end that the NFL has ever seen. At a position that usually requires a player to take on blocks and free things up for playmakers, Watt has excelled at making his own explosive plays.
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At only 26 years of age, Watt has already hit more than 20 sacks in a season twice and earned a six-year $100 million deal for his phenomenal play. $51.8 million of that contract is guaranteed for the first round pick out of Wisconsin.
Watt has already been hailed as one of the most insane athletes in the NFL and earned the nickname J.J. Swat, due to his ability to knock down so many passes by opposing quarterbacks.
In fact, Bill Belichcik made his Patriots defenders use racquetball paddles in practice before a 2012 game to simulate how high up Watt could get. Pats quarterback Tom Brady spoke about how this was a good way to prepare for a guy like Watt.
"“I know coach [Bill] Belichick likes to bring guys with racquetball paddles and stick those up in the air,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said, via Zuri Berry of the Boston Globe. “I’m sure there will be a whole bunch of those this week, which doesn’t always make me very happy. But that’s probably a good way to prepare for it. It’s like throwing over this wall, it’s hard."
Everyone in the league knows how important of a player the defensive end is. In fact, he was second in MVP voting despite his team missing the playoffs. That shows the amount of respect this guy gets as well as telling how instrumental he was in the team improving to 9-7 after a horrendous 2-14 campaign the previous year.
Now to add even more to the legend of athleticism Watt has shown on the field, there is a video of the 6’5″ and 293 pound man leaping an incredible 61 inches. Perhaps my favorite part f this amazing box jump is the fact that Watt makes sure to plug his new endorsement partner, claiming the shoes must have helped his jump.
All I know, is I can put on those same shoes and bet a years’ salary that my jump would’t even come close to five feet and one inch. It was nice of J.J. to plug Reebok, but all this video proves is that he truly is one of the greatest athletes in the game today.