Houston Texans: J.J. Watt is already test-driving his second career

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is sparing no time to ensure that he stays busy during this pandemic. What’s he up to now? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Texans will likely be re-opening their training facilities tomorrow so staff and players can get back to work in preparing for the 2020 season.

I do have to give a caveat that it will be “soft” re-opening where there will be limited capacity in terms of staff on-site, no coaches are allowed and the most important thing is that healthy players will not be on site.

The purpose of the re-opening is to help injured players come in and rehabilitate with the training staff so that they will be ready for the season, whenever that may be.

I’d suspect that Benardrick McKinney would be among the first to head on over to Kirby Drive to get things checked since undergoing ankle surgery recently.  Things are going well for him but I’d imagine the staff would like to see him at some point on a regular basis.

Although Bill O’Brien shouldn’t be on-site, I’m sure he’ll finagle his way over there because of the many hats that he wears.  But I wouldn’t expect you to see Deshaun Watson or J.J. Watt over there any time soon until there’s a better handle on when training season will start for the NFL.

In fact, Watt is busy grooming himself for his second career in television with him hosting a new show titled “American Tag” that will air on FOX.

FOX 26’s Sally McDonald talked about the show with Watt and what it will entail:

It looks like it’s a cross of a glorified game of tag mixed with Ultimate Warrior and American Gladiator all rolled into one.  It seems like it will be an exciting venture to watch and I think it will be successful, especially with the lack of fresh options to watch on television because of production relatively being halted industry-wide.

And Watt will have co-hosts as well — his brothers, T.J. Watt and Derek Watt will also make up a

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trio of talent that will guide the contestants through incredible adventures on a television set that looks like an amazing obstacle course.

I wish I could be a contestant on this game!  It looks like it’s a true test of the wit of one’s athletic skills and I’d certainly be up for the challenge.  But we’ll have to tune-in to see how the lucky ones fare this week.

So when will the premiere be?  The season premiere will be this Wednesday, May 20, airing at 8 p.m. CDT on FOX, of course, so if you have some free time at that hour, this could be worth tuning into.

Watt, who will complete his six-year, $100 million contract in 2022 has expressed a desire to play after his deal is up but it remains to be seen if the allure of being on television is just enough for him to hang up his No. 99 jersey, presumably with the Houston Texans being the only team he plays for.

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The decorated nine-year veteran that’s going to finish his career as a Hall of Famer will have an important decision to make soon but it doesn’t necessarily have to be now.

But let’s keep an eye, enjoy the ride and hope he crushes it 2020 when he’s back on the field.

Let’s rock!