Texans' J.J. Watt to Host 'Saturday Night Live' Ahead of Super Bowl LIV

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2020

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 12: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans looks on from the sideline in the second half during the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will be hosting Saturday Night Live on Feb. 1 and be joined by musical act Luke Combs. 

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Watt's hosting gig comes one day before Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

While the three-time Defensive Player of the Year doesn't have the star power of former hosts like LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Derek Jeter—and isn't a movie star like The Rock—he might move the needle more than people expect. His Twitter account is enjoyable enough: 

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Kealia: I’ve heard people say CHEER on Netflix is really good, we should watch it. Me: I guess we can give it a shot. Me 2 episodes in: JERRY HARRIS IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF NAVARRO COLLEGE CHEERLEADING. IF HE DOESN’T MAKE THE MAT, I WILL RIOT.

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You should be kicked out of the family for considering yellow to be one of the best starburst. https://t.co/y4wKso27Mk

Whether that's enough to translate into a funny episode of SNL remains to be seen.