J.J. Watt found the perfect way to prove he is indeed your buddy: He will catch a touchdown pass in your honor and post it on Instagram.
Guyism's A. Isaac posted the following video of the Texans star with a young fan whom Isaac describes as a special needs kid.
It all started with this tweet from Watt:
The kids at Trey's school didn't believe that we were friends... http://t.co/9QVVRqoGFm— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 16, 2014
Which led to this Instagram post, featuring a sweet pass and a giant hookup from Watt to his now-official pal:
Apparently Trey was having a hard time at school, as friends and classmates assumed he was lying about being friends with Watt—which seems to be the impetus behind the post. If that is indeed the case, this Texans fan now has proof he pals around with NFL elite.
Watt begins with, "I'm J.J. Watt. This is my buddy Trey." Before catching a rifle pass from a cannon arm, Watt continued, "and all of you who don't believe Trey is my friend, believe this touchdown."
Watt and Trey: verified BFFs.
Now this isn't the first time Watt has been awesome, and it's not about to be the last. Being generally spectacular off the field and garnering smiles from anyone who comes in contact with him is kind of his thing.
Some golf, others fish. Watt makes lives better.
If you recall, back in January 2013, Watt made sure to meet a six-year-old girl who was so distressed that she couldn't marry the star defensive end because she wasn't 25 yet. Via Yahoo Sports, Watt met the little girl and popped the question, garnering a fan for life:
Thanks to your help, we found 6-year-old Breanna and she said yes to being my pretend wife for the day... pic.twitter.com/gWql9JeN— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 30, 2013
Last May, KHOU 11 News reported on Watt's decision to make a surprise visit to a 12-year-old with leukemia who is forced to spend most of his school days at home, using a robot affectionately named Watt to interact with teachers and classmates.
At that time, Watt explained to KHOU why he decided to drop by and meet Cristian Beasley and deliver some joy:
When I heard the story that he named his robot after me, and that he was such a big fan, I mean it’s a no brainer to do stuff like this. To see the smile on his face when he realized I was in the room with him and to see all the kids, there’s no better feeling in the world.
Again, being generally excellent to others is just this guy's thing.
Really, catching a pass from Trey took all of a few seconds, a moment many—professional athlete or otherwise—would have skipped past, never once giving a second thought.
Watt is a different sort, because he actually savors those opportunities, delivering so many smiles and teaching us all how easy it is to bring happiness to one another.
The two-time Pro Bowler remains one of the best in the game, but his legacy will resonate for far more than what he brings on the field.
Watt's career will continue with as many sacks as wonderful off-the-field tales. The fact that he isn't just a talented athlete but a class act is what makes him such a fan favorite.
Forget the sentiment that "other athletes" can learn from this guy, because it's bigger than that. In fact, we can all learn from him.
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