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Badger Bits: Is J.J. Watt the best human being in sports?

J.J. Watt is making a strong case that he is one of the nicest men in sports, by taking time to visit every sick fan who wants to meet him.

Jonathan Daniel

Some big things happened this weekend, but they fell just out of our purview. Notre Dame had an awful weekend, what with Everett Golson getting booted and everyone making fun of the Irish for still paying Charlie Weis more than Brian Kelly. Wisconsin doesn't play Notre Dame, however, so feel free to laugh but we won't spend much time talking about it here. The other thing that happened is everyone got excited about Arrested Development, which is a show that is apparently excellent fodder for those posts where people compare the characters to schools (here's the B1G version). I am awful and have never watched that show.

So let's talk about J.J. Watt, a talented football player who is very much within the purview of this blog. The question I posited in the headline is not entirely facetious. He is developing a sterling reputation for making a greater effort than most to do good deeds off the field. Last Monday, he paid a surprise visit to a 12-year-old boy suffering from leukemia. More recently, he visited with Itzy Cagen, a quadriplegic since the age of two and a diehard fan. Apparently it's not too difficult to get a hold of Watt:

The meeting came about after Itzy's helper Eran Melnik took to JJ's Facebook fan page to tell him about one of his biggest fans.

Melnik wrote: ‘I have been his nurse for four years now and I don't think there is a bigger Texans fan out there. During the season, every morning I would wake him up and he would announce "J. J. SWATT!!!".

'Just thought you would like to know that he is out there and would love to meet you if at all possible. We understand that you are busy, but who knows? Send me a message if anything comes up....'

SB Nation's Texans' blog Battle Red Blog has whole posts dedicated to how lucky they are to be fans. On the field, Watt is a terror, winning NFL Defensive Players of the Year honors last year and prompting Wade Phillips to call him "the perfect player." It's hard to imagine Watt topping himself from here on out, but the man is only 24 years old. He still has a long way to go.



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