JJ Watt’s ‘what we know’ tweet hints at delayed start to NFL season
Houston Texans star defensive end JJ Watt is foreshadowing what could be a delay to the 2020 NFL season amid the spiking cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
Watt, 31, shared his thoughts on the matter, as rumors are swirling about further delays to the preseason and the regular season, on social media on Thursday afternoon.
“In the interest of having everyone on the same page in terms of what we know and don’t know at this time,” Watt wrote on Twitter. “[H]ere are a few things I’ve learned being on four NFLPA calls in the last two weeks with hundreds of other players.”
In the interest of having everyone on the same page in terms of what we know and don’t know at this time, here are a few things I’ve learned being on four NFLPA calls in the last two weeks with hundreds of other players.
Keep in mind our rookies are scheduled to report in 48 hrs pic.twitter.com/wAH1XyQenf
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 16, 2020
What followed was the five-time Pro Bowl selection listing off (via Apple Notes screenshot) what has been discussed in Watt’s meetings with the NFLPA, the NFL’s players union. Most importantly, Watt makes mention of the lack of knowledge surrounding whether NFL players will be tested for the coronavirus on a daily basis or not along with how positive tests may impact players’ contracts.
Additionally, Watt bookended his “what we know” list by exclaiming “We want to play.”
JJ Watt, a former first-round pick by the Texans out of Wisconsin and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, only appeared in eight regular-season games for Houston this past season, continuing a theme of a recent string of injuries derailing his tenure with the AFC South club, before returning, shockingly, in the postseason for the Texans.
Undoubtedly, Watt has the singular drive to want to play alongside his teammates in the trenches in any environment, including this year’s public-health crisis centered around COVID-19, which has only gained traction for residents in Texas, Florida, and other states representing NFL franchises.