The most dominant defensive player in the NFL was absent for much of the 2016 season.
J.J. Watt, who won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2012, 2014 and 2015, played just three games before being sidelined with a herniated disc. He had back surgery shortly thereafter, effectively ending his season.
Since then, Watt's been focused on coming back stronger than ever. In a November essay he wrote for The Player's Tribune, he had this to say:
"Over the last year, I've been through some dark times, and my body was beat up more than most people probably realize. But I've learned that a life without adversity is a boring life to live. I've experienced the highs, and I've experienced the lows, and both are better than living in the middle. The kid in me is back. Am I done? Hell no. I'm just getting started."
That sounds like a man on a mission, and all signs indicate that Watt is progressing beautifully.
Last week, The Houston Chronicle published an article saying he's ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Yesterday, Watt took to Snapchat to post a picture of his physique. It certainly looks like he's been getting after it in the weight room:
— STACK (@STACKMedia) January 24, 2017
According to this NFL.com article, Watt likely wasn't cleared to start training until the beginning of December. How can any man manage to get so jacked in such a short period of time?
The scariest part for NFL offenses is that Watt still has essentially a full off-season to continue to craft his already impressive physique.
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