JJ Watt signs $100 million contract with Texans

Vidal Maldonado, Reporter

“I googled, ‘What do rich people buy?’” Houston Texans Defensive End JJ Watt said. “Because I don’t feel like a rich person, and I don’t really try to act like a rich person, so I don’t know what they buy. I didn’t really like the stuff I saw, so I’m gonna stick with my humble lifestyle and just keep working out.”

On September 4th,, JJ Watt signed a six year, 100 million dollar contract that will take place after this year’s regular season to finish off his rookie contract. This new contract deal for Watt is one that is considered by many to be well deserved considering his stats from prior seasons. In his rookie season, Watt had 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks. In Watt’s second year, he led the league in sacks with 20.5 (sixth most all time) and had 81 tackles. Last year he had 10.5 sacks with 80 tackles.

Above all no stats can show his off the field work ethic and determination to be the best at his game, disregarding his new 100 million contract he seeks to be so good he is “underpaid.”

“I don’t want to be the guy that people say got the money and shut down, the goal is to always be great,” Watt said.

The night Watt signed his contract he was restless. He could not sleep in the excitement of his new deal with the Texans, so he did what he does best. At 3:05 A.M. Watt Drove to NRG Stadium and was surprised to find the code to the stadiums doors were locked. A janitor had to let Watt in so he could begin his pre-dawn work out. An employee from the Texans staff spotted Watt early in the facility snapped a picture of him and sent it to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair.

“Now he’s the best and he’s going to do nothing but get better because he’ll be out there working every day, doing everything he can to improve,” McNair said.

Watt is now the highest paid defensive player in NFL history just topping over Buffalo Bills Defensive End Mario Williams, who signed a six year 96 million dollar contract. Williams was the Texans first overall pick in 2006 and was signed by Buffalo ant the end of his contract.

Watt is considered a very good investment of money particularly for one very important stat many overlook. Up to this season, Watt has played all 50 out of 50 games and has remained a threat on the defensive side of the ball as teams struggle to make offensive adjustments to hold Watt from disturbing the quarterback from making a play. In 2012, Watt finished his season with sixteen passes defended (batted down) because he had such a habit for knocking down balls at the line of scrimmage he was nicknamed “JJ Swatt” by Monday Night Football Commentator Jon Gruden.

In the start of the 2014-2015 season Watt has proven to still be highly affective in his season opener. He recorded one sack a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. Watt also was flooding Robert Griffin the third with pressure in the backfield.

In his second week versus the Oakland Raiders, Watt recorded his first offensive touchdown when he lined up as tight end on the one-yard line and was left wide open for a quick score. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien addressed the media on the catch and if it was a trick play.

“That’s not a trick play at all. I think it’s good sound football. I thought we called that play at the right time. They had stuffed us (on the play before) We ran it on first down and didn’t get anything I think we lost half a yard. And then with that call on second down, it was good. It was good timing of the call and J.J. made a nice play,” O’Brien said.