Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt credits his minor hockey upbringing and playing on frozen lakes in his native Wisconsin with giving him the tenacity and fortitude it takes to play in the NFL.
But for Watt, hockey’s not just part of his past… the big man still likes to lace up the skates when his busy schedule permits.
"I love hockey, I'm a huge hockey fan," Watt said. "I love to skate. I love playing. There's nothing like putting the puck in the back of the net. I'm probably too big to be the guy who does that anymore. I guess I could be an enforcer."
Watt is also hoping that hockey could be a big part of his future, possibly as part of an ownership group with eyes on relocating an NHL franchise to Houston. Earlier this month NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was seen with Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta who was made it clear that bringing the NHL to Houston is in his plans. Watt, of course, is all for it.
"Maybe we could get an NHL team here," Watt said. "I'd love to get in on that."
"Just from a figurehead standpoint, I don't have that much money," Watt said. "Tilman, if you want to just give me the job, I'll take it."
Your move, Tilman. Now the only question is, “Who do we move? The Arizona Coyotes or Florida Panthers?”