JJ Watt is a world-class, tenacious player with a winning mentality. Naturally, he’s a Chelsea fan.
The All-Pro Houston Texans defensive end became a fan of the club in 2014 when he took to Twitter to announce his new allegiance. Since then, his connection with the club has grown leaps and bounds.
Watt is known for following the games on television in the mornings while he tweets his excitement, but his experience as a fan reached new heights when he took a trip to Stamford Bridge that changed his perspective on being a professional athlete.
‘There was a little boy behind me - maybe 10 years old - and he was pointing out his favourite players...literally the entire game,’ Watt said. ‘It was one of those things where it helped me put into perspective what it’s like for fans to watch our games, and it reminded me how special it is that I get to play in this game.’
Watt was drafted into the NFL by the Texans in 2011 and has been considered one of the top defensive players in American football since. His accolades include being five-time First Team All-Pro, a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his efforts in raising money after Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
He even got to share a moment with a defensive legend in his own right when Ashley Cole took in a Texans game at Energy Stadium last fall.
When Austin hosted NBC for their recent PL Mornings Live fan-fest last year, Watt sat down with hosts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe to talk about his support for the game, and what he loves about the current Chelsea side.
‘I think the fun thing about Chelsea right now is you’re giving young players a lot of confidence,’ Watt said. ‘Sometimes when you give young players that confidence, they’re naive enough to believe they can do unbelievable things and they also have the skill and time to grow and do those things.’
As for his favourite player in the club right now?
‘I like Tammy,’ he said. ‘I think he’s only going to get better.’