J.J. Watt has been one of the faces of the league throughout much of his illustrious NFL career. Watt is a fan favorite behind his passion for the game and sheer talent. With the Houston Texans trekking toward the end of a disappointing 2020 season, he just proved again why fans love and adore him.
Texans fall to another disappointing loss
The Houston Texans continue to limp toward the finish line for the 2020 season after dropping to another disappointing loss.
The Texans fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 37-31 at home in Week 16 action. Houston battled back-and-forth with Cincinnati but saw their persistent defensive struggles play a pivotal part in their shortcomings.
The Bengals piled up 540 total offensive yards that featured Brandon Allen throwing for 371 yards on 29-of-37 completed passes with two touchdown passes and a 126.5 passer rating. Meanwhile, Samaje Perine recorded 95 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Deshaun Watson made a valiant attempt to guide the Texans to a win behind 324 passing yards and three touchdown passes. David Johnson also put forth a massive outing with 128 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
However, the Texans’ lackluster performance defensively saw them allow 27 points in the second half. The loss drops the Texans another step closer to one of the worst marks in the league.
Following the crushing defeat, J.J. Watt voiced an impassioned speech that is the embodiment of his character.
J.J. Watt’s heartfelt speech just proved why sports fans love him
Even as the 2020 regular season nears a close, the losses continue to pile up for the Houston Texans.
Despite the downward trend, it hasn’t pushed J.J. Watt away from giving it his all each week. Following Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, Watt gave an impassioned speech as to why he and every single one of his teammates shouldn’t let up.
“If you can’t come in and put work in in the building, go out to the practice field and work hard, do your lifts and do what you’re supposed to do, you should not be here. This is a job. There are a lot of people that watch us an invest their time and their money into buying our jersey and a whole bunch of S***.
What also pointed out that there are fans that continue to attend games and remain committed to the team despite them playing poorly this season.
“If you can’t care enough and go out there and try your hardest. That’s bulls***,” Watt said. “There are people that tweet you and still come to you and say ‘hey we are still rooting for you and we are still behind you. They have no reason whatsoever to. We stink. But they care and they still want to win and they still want you to be great.
“Those people aren’t being paid. We’re being paid handsomely. That’s who I feel the most bad for is our fans and the people who care so deeply in this city. It sucks as a player to know we aren’t giving fans what they deserve.”
Watt’s speech is a testament to his character and his passion for the game that has endeared many NFL fans. It’s yet another instance that shows why he is beloved and respected by his peers and fans alike.
Future in Houston in doubt?
Following the end of the 2020 season, the questions will shift toward J.J. Watt’s future in Houston.
Watt is about to head into the final year of his six-year, $100 million that will pay him $17.5 million in 2021. The interesting part of that situation is that the Texans don’t possess any dead cap hit from the 31-year-old’s remaining salary.
The All-Pro defensive end hasn’t voiced any desire to play with another franchise, but that opportunity could present itself if the team elects to cut him. Watt has plenty left in the tank to play at a high level to add to his Hall of Fame-caliber career.
Only time will tell whether he is about to play his final game with the Texans.