We already know that J.J. Watt is going be ranked somewhere within the top 10 of tonight's NFL Top 100 finale. What we don't know, however, is exactly how high he will place when the last chapter of the list is finally revealed at 7:00 PM CT on NFL Network. If it were compiled by former Bears coach Mike Ditka, Watt would probably be right at the top of the list. Ditka joined SportsRadio 610 this morning to sing the highest possible praises of the Texans defensive end, saying that he might take Watt over any other player in the history of the game.
"[J.J. Watt] is one of the all-time greats," Ditka told In The Loop. "He might be the best athlete at that position I’ve ever seen.
"He’s a team player. He’s a class guy. He presents a great image for young people. He plays hard all the time. It’s hard to get people to play hard all the time and he plays hard all the time. It comes from a thing called pride."
"I don’t know where he ranks with all the guys that played the game in the history of the game, but I know one thing, I don’t know that there is anybody I would take above him."
Watt might not be quite as legendary yet as players like Lawrence Taylor or Reggie White, but the fact that his name is already in that discussion after only five seasons is nothing short of remarkable. If Watt is in the conversation to be the greatest football player of all time, then that surely means that he will defend his crown atop the NFL Top 100 list later tonight, right? I guess we'll find out tonight.
Fingers crossed, everyone.