Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is one tough man. Winning his third defensive MVP award and leading his team to the playoffs are great accomplishments, but what makes him even more impressive are the obstacles he had to overcome.
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According to ESPN, Watt had five torn muscles in his core that needed surgical repair. ESPN’s sources say, “Watt had a partially torn left and right abdominals and a partially torn right adductor longus. He also had a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus, which are two of the three muscles that connect the pelvic bone to the left thigh bone.”
ESPN does not mention the other injuries that Watt suffered this past season. He broke his hand in December and played with a herniated disk.
Any one of these injuries would have put the average NFL player on the bench to heal up. Watt didn’t miss a single game.
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Nothing could stop Watt from leading his team to the playoffs, and he did it by bullying offenses with 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, eight passes defended and three forced fumbles. If you look up the word “tough” in the dictionary, you should see a picture of J.J. Watt.