J.J. Watt Gives His Cell Number So He Can Directly Connect With Fans

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt as become one of the most recognizable faces in today's NFL. From his sack prowess on defense to swatting opposing passes and endless humanitarian efforts, he has become a feared competitor and likeable personality.

On Tuesday evening, Watt gave out his number for everyone to text him so he can connect better with fans in a more intimate way than social media.

Watt posted a Twitter video Tuesday that said he is now more accessible to fans—or maybe even non-fans—so they can communicate with him while he's sidelined with a season-ending injury.

Here's what he said on Twitter.

"So, I was talking with one of my buddies the other day, and we were talking about social media, the way it's used and how to connect with fans with all the negativity and things like that," Watt began during his social media post. "He said, 'Are you seeing the new thing people are doing?'"

That new thing was texting directly with the fans themselves. The way it works, the athlete, celebrity, public figure or perhaps even the newest internet sensation gives a mobile number for people to text what they want, with the popular figure deciding on who to answer, and what they'll say.

Watt said he will try to respond to every person who texts him, but the volume of requests may limit his ability to accomplish that.

"You can send out a text to everybody, you can send out a text to just a few people," Watt said. "You can respond to just one person."

Watt paused for a moment, and thought it sounded intriguing.

"I thought it was interesting, so I'm gonna try it," Watt said during his short Twitter video. "I've never done it before. I have no experience with it, so, you're gonna have to bear with me. I'm not sure if it's gonna be awesome. ... I'm gonna give it a shot, so if you want to text me, it's just more of a direct way to try and connect more directly with you.


Watt has become a five-time all-pro defensive end, and favorite among Houstonians. However, his season-ending pectoral injury against the Oakland Raiders a few weeks ago marked the third time in the last four seasons Watt had his season cut shot because of one injury or another.

"This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal," Watt said at the time on Twitter. "Absolutely gutted that I won't be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can't stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes."

Now that he's got time on his hands, his fans can chat with him.

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J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans reacts after batting down a pass in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images