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Remember when J.J. Watt wanted you to think he bought a cabin so far in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin that he would have to wrestle bears, forage for food and chop down trees to heat the cabin…but it turned out — thanks to my investigative reporting — that J.J.’s cabin was really like a mile from Starbucks and neighbors were a 3-wood away? Yeah, those were the days.
This is how the Houston Chronicle was sucked in by this guy:
But in between Katy Perry photos and more Hollywood-like exposure, the star defensive end finally found the peace and quiet that often eluded him during his record-setting 2014 campaign. And Watt rewarded himself and honored his MVP-caliber year with a very Watt-like move: A new log cabin in the “middle of nowhere” Wisconsin.
“It’s really minimalistic,” Watt said. “The only thing I have to focus on is training and that’s the way I like it. There’s no frills, there’s nothing to distract you up here.”
His description of his new offseason home: “It’s just an empty space and a log cabin and snow.”
The premise was that he was going to get focused and become an absolute animal who would lead the Texans to a Super Bowl title based on his shear determination. The cabin thing happened in January 2015. He would go on to be the NFL sack leader that fall and named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
He’s played in 8 games since and now, instead of wrestling bears and chopping down trees, he’s bro-ing out on Fortnite.
Folks, dare I say the end has come for J.J. Watt? After all, he’s 29 and the body is breaking down. The money is in the bank. Sponsors will throw him whatever money it takes to get him to shill a shoe or drink. I’m afraid to say it to Texans fans, but this just might be the look of a guy who has lost his edge.
I don’t see the grind here. I don’t see the grit. The determination. The box jumping. The hustle. The man who wants to prove all the doubters wrong. This might be the second most disturbing thing I’ve seen this offseason to Bill Belichick smiling so much.
Figure there’s a marriage coming soon for Watt. Then kids. The baby IG story uploads, etc. I’ve seen this pattern for NFL QBs and it’s way different for the defensive ends. I need to see a huge rush of grit videos from Watt and I needed them a month ago.