Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Gave NFL Beast JJ Watt a Piece of Advice After an Embarrassing Playoff Defeat in a DOPY Season

Published 08/16/2022, 8:00 AM EDT

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Among the current active defensive players, JJ Watt holds a special place in the hearts of NFL fans. He rose to greatness after facing several setbacks throughout the journey. One such incident that crippled Watt and his abilities was during the 2016’s playoff game against Kansas City. Although he failed miserably in executing his plans, the veteran received a piece of advice from his dear friend and bodybuilding legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to get going.

It was the time when JJ Watt was playing for the Houston Texans, and the playoff game was against the Chiefs. Not only did they lose, but faced defeat in a humiliating manner with a score of 30-0. Although he recorded one tackle, Watt was taken to the locker room after suffering a serious injury. The defensive end tried his best to get back on the field, but after the examination, he could not play.


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“It was terrible to not be out there with my teammates,” Watt said. “I have been trying to do whatever I possibly can to be out there with them. But there comes a time when you are doing more harm than good,” he added.

After the match-up, Watt posted a sorry message on Twitter and thanked fans for their support. Reacting to his comments, Arnold Schwarzenegger came forward by recording a video of his own. “Hey J J. You and Texans were fantastic,” he said.

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“Just remember one thing. You didn’t lose today. I’ll tell you why, because losers stay down. And I know you and the Texans always get up. That’s why you’re the winners and you always would be winners. So get going again, get up, put some fire in this team and march forward.” the former California governor motivated Watt and the team.

Defensive end JJ Watt is a generational talent


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The former DE for Houston Texans spent a significant amount of time with the franchise and proved himself as one of the best defensive players in the league. He was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. In 2012, he won his first Defensive Player of the Year award.


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He also bagged five Pro Bowl selections and Walter Payton of the year in 2017. The Wisconsin product has registered 547 tackles and three defensive touchdowns in his entire career.


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Currently, he is playing with the Arizona Cardinals after securing a deal in 2021. Their first preseason game was against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The veteran is now gearing up to play in his 12th NFL season.

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Deepesh Nair


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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.
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