It’s hard to handle the sudden arrival of fame and money, especially for athletes, who usually come from nothing.
The examples are endless. Take Mike Tyson’s case, who despite earning around $30 million per fight at the highest point in his career, still had to file for bankruptcy in 2003. Something similar happened to Adriano, the promising Brazilian striker whose career couldn’t keep up with the constant partying and eventual alcoholism.
Endless men, and pro-athletes in particular, have seen their careers cut short due to the constant partying, the women, the alcohol and drug abuse.
Houston Texans Defensive End and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt has no intentions of joining such a list. Despite recently signing a $100 million contract, you are more likely to run into him at the local gym than the local watering hole.
“Right now my job is to watch film, work out, and treat my body right. When I get done with football, then I can relax and drink as many beers as I want and hang out and be a regular guy. Right now, I am a football player and I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.” – J.J Watt
J.J. Watt is a man we should aspire to be because of his dedication, love for the game, and insatiable determination to be the very best at everything he does. This guy has his eyes set on making NFL history and he’s not letting anything get in his way.
Your body is a temple
The biggest testament to J.J Watt’s dedication is his work ethic. The 6′ 5″ defensive end works out two times a day, every single day of the week. The results? A 290 lb beast that chews through offensive linemen and can just as easily intercept the ball and run it back for a touchdown. The guy’s numbers are insane. He squats over 700 pounds, bench presses 225 for a staggering thirty-four reps and has a 61 inch vertical jump.
“I never want to let a day go by without having done something to get a little better. I want to go out and chase greatness. That’s all I want to do.” Watt told Texas Monthly magazine.
Great on and off the field
Besides the rigorous workouts powered by a daily caloric intake of 9,000 calories, Watt’s charisma, character, and charitable personality have made him one of the most beloved sporting personalities in America (with a million followers on Twitter and Instagram).
“What J.J. has got is a charisma that you don’t often see these days among professional athletes. He seems to be the real thing—an old-fashioned, down-to-earth hero of sorts who hasn’t let all the fame mess with his head,” says Dale Robertson, a seasoned sportswriter. “He actually sent me a personal tweet saying, ‘Hey, Dale, thanks for coming out.’ I mean, who does that anymore?”
Watt is also the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, a charitable organization that provides after-school activities for kids in communities in need. His softball charity classic alone raises thousands of dollars to fund after-school activities for children.
Despite the fame, the money, and the women, Watt is one of the most down-to-earth sports personalities in the game, which comes as a nice surprise in a world that tends to celebrate the loud and egocentric. JJ Watt is clearly one the best in the NFL–yet he’s smart enough to know that you can’t take yourself too seriously.
Don’t believe me? Watch him gladly play the fool in this Verizon commercial:
J.J Watt understands that success comes from sacrifice, hard work and an unshakeable belief that you could be the best. We forgot to mention great genetics, which he obviously has, but that’s another matter altogether.
How can you not love this guy?