I love J.J. Watt. I mean just look at this photo of him, he is committed! Despite being ranked only a 2-star recruit and the No. 7 rated prospect from Wisconsin, Watt was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in his 4th season as an NFL player with the Houston Texans. In a recent Sports Illustrated article, Watt was speaking about passion, “Right now I’m trying to take every day so seriously and so passionately that I might be sacrificing aspects of life that other people seem to enjoy and tell me how great they are,” says Watt. “Instead, I’m thinking about a practice rep that nobody remembers. That’s what I am thinking about on a Tuesday night when I go to sleep. Maybe that makes me crazy.” Or successful.
Watt’s quote on the image: “If there’s a day that goes by that I don’t give it my all, I can’t have that day back. That day is gone.” Watt is not only committed, he’s committed to making the most of every day, every minute of every day count – even if he has to sacrifice something. I believe he is a talented player but it’s his attitude, commitment and leadership on the field that sets him apart.
For more inspiration from another NFL great, Brad A. Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles, click here: 3 Leadership Qualities I Learned in the NFL to Build My Charitable Foundation .