Texans’ J.J. Watt says fans deserve full effort by players in Week 17,
J.J. Watt and the Texans have had higher seasons. They don’t have anything to play for in Week 17, they usually do not even have their first-round choose in the 2021 NFL Draft to encourage discussions of tanking (it was traded to the Dolphins). They will play a recreation in opposition to the Titans on Jan. 3, after which Houston’s season might be over.
Regardless of all that, Watt does not like the concept a few of teammates may not put in the effort for that meaningless Week 17 recreation.
“It is a privilege,” Watt mentioned in his postgame presser Sunday after the Texans misplaced at house to the Bengals 37-31. “It is the best job in the world. We get to exit and play a recreation. And if you cannot care sufficient, even in Week 17, even whenever you’re trash, whenever you’re 4-11, if you cannot care sufficient to go on the market and provides all the things you bought and take a look at your hardest, that is bulls—.”
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A transcript of Watt’s feedback:
(*17*)If you cannot come in and put work in in the constructing, exit to the follow discipline and work arduous, do your lifts and do what you are presupposed to do, you shouldn’t be right here. It is a job. We’re getting paid a complete lot of cash.
(*17*)There are lots of people that watch us and make investments their time and their cash into shopping for our jerseys and into shopping for a complete bunch of s— they usually care about it. They care each single week. We’re in Week 16, and we’re 4-11 and there is fans that watch this recreation, that present as much as the stadium, that put in time and vitality and effort and care about this.
(*17*)So if you cannot go on the market and you may’t work out, you possibly can’t present up on time, you possibly can’t follow, you possibly can’t go on the market and win, you should not be right here. As a result of this can be a privilege. It is the best job in the world. We get to exit and play a recreation. And if you cannot care sufficient, even in Week 17, even whenever you’re trash, whenever you’re 4-11. If you cannot care sufficient to go on the market and provides all the things you bought and take a look at your hardest. That is bulls—. In order that’s how.
(*17*)There are folks each week that also recognize you, that also come as much as you and say, we’re nonetheless rooting for you, we’re nonetheless behind you. They haven’t any motive in anyway to. We stink! However they care, they usually nonetheless wish to win, they usually nonetheless need you to be nice. That is why. These folks do not get paid. We’re getting paid handsomely. That is why.
(*17*)That is who I really feel probably the most unhealthy for is our fans and the individuals who care so deeply in this metropolis, and the individuals who find it irresistible and who actually need it to be nice and it isn’t. And that sucks as a participant to know that we’re not giving them what they deserve.