J.J. Watt is everywhere – or so it seems.
In the past week, the Texans defensive lineman has appeared dressed as Batman to surprise kids at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and played through illness to help his team past the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-20.
E:60’s special report (tonight, ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) takes an in-depth look at the incredible rise of a player who says his prime is still ahead. Speaking exclusively with E:60’s Chris Connelly, Watt discusses, among other things, one of the most difficult moments in his life at the bedside of his ailing grandfather.
E:60 feature producer John Minton describes his impression of Watt throughout filming and what he hopes viewers take away from tonight’s detailed profile.
“J.J.’s health and fitness are well-documented. But experiencing [his routine] firsthand was really interesting. Aside from the multiple early morning workouts we shot, each of which broke a personal record for earliest wakeup call, seeing him order seven chicken breasts to go to get him through a busy day was very telling for me,” Minton said.
“There was not a moment that went by where he wasn’t always committed to his diet and workouts. Regardless of what was going on and what was scheduled, there was always time for each.”
Watt is noted for versatility and athleticism: In 2014, he caught three touchdown passes as part of the Texans’ offense.
Still, Minton said watching the 6-foot, 5-inch, 289-pound Watt ice skate “was incredible. It almost seemed unnatural to see a man of his size moving as well as he did on the ice. J.J. started skating when he was 3 years old, with hockey being his first love. He still enjoys time on the ice today and it showed. Equally as impressive was his slapshot, but that seemed more plausible.”
Below, watch a trailer from tonight’s E:60 profile.