You know what’s scary? A 6’5”, 290-pound defensive end.
You know what’s even scarier? A 6’5”, 290-pound defensive end who can jump onto the roof of your car without a running start.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been working on his fitness, and judging by the vertical leaping ability he’s demonstrating right now, no one is going to be chop-blocking him with much success any time soon.
The 2012 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year recently posted a video of himself landing a monstrous 59.5-inch box jump while training. The video was spotted by Kiley Kmiec of Next Impulse Sports, and it is impressive as it is terrifying.
Watt clears the thing easily. A heave of the arms and—alley-oop!—he’s flying, landing atop a stack of boxes the height of an average person’s shoulders. He's clearly moved on from solely working out with triangular weights.
Let's think about the things Watt can jump onto and/or over without running:
- He could easily leap on top of most mailboxes.
- He could jump and land on Danny DeVito’s head (5’0”).
- Stand your golf bag vertically, because Mr. Watt wants to leap over it.
- He’ll enter your Mini Cooper through the sunroof.
- Don’t be surprised if you look through the peephole in your apartment door and see J.J. Watt’s socks.
Best of all, after jumping down from the towering stack, Watt issues a warning to the league and perhaps to everyone.
You have been put on notice, planet Earth. Watt is ready to ball, and he might come flying in your window like a Wisconsin ninja one day.
Click clack. I think you hear him jumping.