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Cheeky Mama: Mom's crush on J.J. Watt

Published: Sunday, March 12, 2017 11:55 p.m. CDT

The love for my husband is undeniable. For more than a decade he has been the light of my life. Hands down he is my best friend and lover.  

I wouldn’t trade him for the world. But I might trade him in for one particular NFL player named Justin James “J.J.” Watt. I have a total mom crush on this hunk of a man.

Watt is 6-feet, 5-inches, and 289 pounds of pure stud. He is not only a great defensive lineman for the Houston Texans, but he also is a humanitarian.  

I don’t know if it’s volunteerism or his stature that makes him so attractive.  

Watt, 27, has made a difference in so many lives. The Justin J. Watt Foundation helps middle schools across the nation. This foundation provides extracurricular activities for students, especially in sports.

He understands that the playing field brings a sense of community, positive self-esteem and lifelong wellness. Since I am a health and physical education teacher, this just tugs at my heartstrings.

In an interview with ESPN, Watt explained that he wanted to understand from a fan’s perspective what it was like to watch the game from the most inexpensive seats in the stadium. So he walked, with the camera man, up the flight of a gazillion stairs and told himself that he wanted to make each and every game worth the money – that he would give all of his fans a chance to be a part of the experience. Watt wanted his performance to be unforgettable each and every game. His motto is “Dream Big Work Hard.”

Another touching way he has given back is a story about a boy who was in a car accident. Apparently the EMTs had to cut off the little boy’s No. 99 jersey to help save his life. When the boy recovered, he was devastated that his Texans jersey was unfixable.

So what does J.J. Watt do? He visits the boy in the hospital bearing gifts of new jerseys and other memorabilia. The NFL superstar took the time to lift the spirits of a boy after such a traumatic event.  

Watt is more than just a star NFL athlete, he is a positive role model for kids, and adults as well. He is a man of humility and generosity. This all makes him the total package for some lucky lady.   

Like I said before, my husband is the love of my life, but J.J. Watt has a special place in my heart.

May his back injury be healed, and may he continue to lighten the lives of all fans and mothers not only in Texas but across America.   

• Becca Hirst is a proud DeKalb resident who writes about her life as a working mother. She hopes to bring more enjoyment to and less shaming and judging of herself and other mothers. Reach her at cheekymamadekalb@gmail.com. 

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