Zach Mettenberger has – for reasons unbeknownst to me – decided to speak up against J.J. Watt nine months after the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hurt his feelings with comments about when and when not to take selfies on a football field. ESPN’s Tania Ganguli has more from a recent interview that Mettenberger took part in with CampusSports.net.
"J.J. had to say it's a bit high schoolish that I take selfies, and I think he still rags me on Instagram every time he posts a selfie," Mettenberger said. "At the same time, if that's high schoolish, he got a letterman jacket made -- a Texans letterman jacket.
"That's pretty high schoolish to me, don't you say?"
First things first, Zach – those jackets were fly as hell.
Second, J.J. Watt’s ultra-seriousness might come off as a wee bit self-righteous at times, but is anyone really going to argue against the results? I mean, for Durga’s sakes the guy is making a beeline towards the Hall of Fame at a record pace, and he has yet to even hit his athletic prime! So Watt got a little bit carried away when ragging on a wide-eyed rookie in a rivalry game; does anyone really care about this perceived feud between a superstar and a benchwarmer that much? I know I don’t.
J.J. Watt is still the best player in the NFL, and he is still the anchor of one of the (arguably) elite defensive units in the league. If someone wants to make that man even more pissed off by poking the bear with a stick from the comfort of the sidelines, well…I suppose I will just sit back and enjoy the results. Thanks for this one, Zach; I am sure that Marcus Mariota will appreciate it, too.