Texans J.J. Watt writes letter to The Players Tribune
J.J Watt has watched from the sidelines as the AFC North leading Texans have battled for a playoff spot. It was late September when the team officially ruled Watt out for the remainder of the 2016 season. Back then, some NFL insiders wondered if Watt should retire. He addressed the doubters in a lengthy entry to The Players Tribune today.
Check out an excerpt below:
One Friday night last season, I noticed some weird bumps on my knee. I thought it was a rash, so I went and asked our trainer if he had any cream.
He looked at my knee and said, “That looks really bad. We have to get you to the hospital right now.”
I thought he was joking at first. But then I could see in his face that he was serious and actually a bit panicked. As it turned out, he saved me in a big way. At the hospital, they immediately put me on three hours of the strongest antibiotic IVs. I went straight from the hospital to the team plane and we flew to Jacksonville. Once we landed, there were two more hours of antibiotics that night and two more the next morning before the game. The medicine had completely drained me, but I played — and we won.
I remember walking into the locker room after the game and just collapsing on the training table. My body was completely shot, with nothing left to give. As the trainers hooked me up to an IV, one of the guys walking past joked, “You alive?” Later that day on the flight back to Houston, one of the team doctors told me that if our trainer hadn’t recognized the problem so quickly, I could have lost my leg.
The Texans and their fans should be excited to read their future Hall of Famer is in good spirits as he recovers from his injuries.
You can read the full letter Watt penned here.