In anticipation of the start of the 44th season of Monday Night Football, ESPN’s “It All Comes Down to Monday Night” campaign returns, with a spot featuring our very own Houston Texans’ defensive end JJ Watt! The 30-second ad is narrated by Watt with references to NFL legend Ken Norton Jr., former 13-time All Star Ken Griffey, Jr., and features a cameo by singer Kenny Loggins. For more on the story and to watch the ad, click here.
Doesn’t matter if it’s on the playground at recess, or on an air strip in the middle of Afghanistan, boys will be boys! In this clip, JJ Watt tells the story of a soldier challenging fellow NFL player Steve Smith to a 40-yard foot race during their March 2013 NFL-USO tour. Watch it here.
Some people look to NFL players as heroes, but for JJ Watt, the real heroes are the individuals who risk their lives every day to serve our country. In the most recent “My Story” video profiling JJ’s trip with the NFL-USO tour to Afghanistan, Watt talks about what it was like going inside a Chinook helicopter, knowing that in 2011, one of them was shot down, causing 22 SEALs to lose their lives in the process. You can watch it here.
With some many stories coming back from the war in Afghanistan, sometimes it’s easy to forget that each and every soldier has a name, and their own personal story. For JJ Watt, having the chance to take a ride in the very same helicopters that the military uses on its missions really made the experience hit home. And yes, even JJ was surprised there was enough room in some of them for all 6’5″ of him! Watch him talk about it here.
For JJ Watt, posing with the fans and smiling for the camera is a daily occurrence (and sometimes more like a several hundred times a day occurrence) but that doesn’t stop JJ from going the extra step to try to really connect with the fans and make the moment personal. In this “My Story,” JJ talks about doing just that on his recent USO tour to Afghanistan. Video.
“You never get tired of signing autographs for folks in the military.” In this latest episode of “My Story,” JJ Watt talks more about his March 2013 trip to Afghanistan as part of the USO tour. Besides the usual helmets, jackets, and shirts, Watt was even asked to sign some of his very own Texans gear that soldiers had brought with them overseas. Pretty rad. Check out the video here.
JJ Watt, Texans team president Jamey Rootes and H-E-B senior vice president Armando Perez presented a check for $47,000, for the 47 team sack total in 2012, to president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank Brian Greene on Friday. This money translates into 141,000 meals for hungry Houstonians! Video.
JJ Watt recently had the opportunity to play football on the front lines, in Afghanistan. He explains more about his NFL-USO trip in this “My Story” video. Check it out here.
It was an all-star lineup of Houston Texans that turned out at Reliant Stadium in support of Impact a Hero’s ninth annual Hall of Fame dinner held on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The event recognized more than 50 wounded heroes and family members, and with big names such as Texans owner Bob McNair, JJ Watt, Chris Myers, and Matt Schaub, the fundraiser raised a record of more than $1.2 million. You can read more about the event here.
In the debut of “My Story”, a video series where Houston Texans players talk about special photos of them, defensive end JJ Watt talks about the body armor he wore on his trip to Afghanistan with the USO tour in March 2013. Compared to the equipment JJ wears on game day, it’s clear he’s not on the football field anymore! Here’s the video!