LOS ANGELES –– When NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt wasn’t talking Tuesday about his meeting with Jennifer Aniston that shook the Internet this week, the Houston Texans star was offering some advice to the next generation of players.
Watt was among the presenters for the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year and had the chance to talk over dinner with winner Kyler Murray, the Texas A&M-bound quarterback from Allen, Texas.
“I had a great talk with him. The biggest thing I told him is that you’re going to have to make decisions, you’re going to have to make sacrifices over these next four or five years that are going to change your entire life. You don’t want to be living your life and look back down the road and have any regrets. There is going to be a lot of temptation and distractions, but if you’re willing to make the sacrifices and put in the time and put in the effort you can do incredible things. It can be absolutely unbelievable.
“Don’t get me wrong, you can have your fun every now and then but you have to make sure you are doing the right thing s to make yourself the best possible player. You only get one opportunity.”
Watt’s journey from high school to NFL star began with him being a two-star recruit at Pewaukee (Wis.) High and going to Central Michigan. He transferred to Wisconsin after a year and became a walk-on.
What he told Murray is an extension of his annual Signing Day tweet.
Watt pointed out that he enjoys that his family and friends and people like the trainer he has had since his sophomore year of high school get the chance to be part of his success. And that he gets the chance to do things like live out his “lifelong dream” to meet the former Friends star.
“It’s incredible to see the experiences I’ve had from high school to where I am today,” he said. “The places I get to travel, the people I get to meet. It is absurd and it’s so cool and it’s so exciting. Every single time it happens it’s still the coolest thing in the world to me because I’ll always remember what it’s like to be that high school kid. Some day it’s all going to go away. I’m just trying to enjoy it while I can.”