J.J. Watt went on NFL Network on Wednesday night after being named the number one player on the annual Top 100 countdown to have a celebratory chat with the network’s own Lindsay Rhodes. Other than reiterating that he believes that Aaron Rodgers was the rightful NFL MVP last season by nature of his position and revealing that he tried – and failed at – consulting with pop star Justin Timberlake to improve his touchdown dances, Watt had an interesting quote about his new approach to mixing some fun into his life.
"I’ve been very much working on trying to have more fun. That’s a big goal of mine. When I first came into the league in the last few years I’ve been kind of hard-headed and I’ve been very focused – and I’m still focused – but I have to remember to enjoy it every now and then. This is such a quick part of my life. It’s going to be over before I know it, and I want to make sure that I look around and enjoy it every now and again. "
"I have been doing a little bit more; I have been trying to have a little bit more fun. One of my buddies has a quote, ‘There’s no point in getting to the top of the mountain if you don’t enjoy the view every now and then’, so I’m trying to do everything that I can to enjoy the view while working to climb even higher."
Watt certainly has had his share of fun this summer between playing some hockey for charity to annihilating a fan on stage at a Zac Brown Band concert. He may not be Rob Gronkowski (yet), but it is nice to see J.J. take a few steps back from his usual ultra-seriousness to enjoy the fruits of his labor; God knows he’s earned it. Hell, maybe this "more fun" version of Watt will even start allowing people to take some pregame selfies without it turning into the most absurdly public – and pointless – grudge match in the league.