Those who have followed me over the past year on Babble know that I’m a huge football fan. I love everything about football and I’ve spent many, many hours of my life watching football. And this year was no exception.
This year turned out to be a pretty decent year for my Denver Broncos. I bought a Broncos’ jersey so I could attend my first NFL game in person and I wore that Broncos jersey every week for every Broncos game thereafter. The Broncos didn’t lose another game until I didn’t wear that Broncos jersey for a game. Sorry Denver fans, I was the bad luck that caused Denver to lose to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.
One of the more intriguing storylines that unraveled over the course of the football season was the competition between the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt and Denver’s Von Miller for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Both players put up huge numbers throughout the year. Von Miller nearly equaled J.J. Watt’s sack total for the year and J.J. Watt nearly broke Michael Strahan’s NFL sacks record. I obviously hope that Von Miller ends up winning the award because, well, he’s a Bronco and he absolutely wrecks things for an offense. He had an unbelievable number of tackles for a loss over the course of the season, and he had a Pick-6 in a game this season.
Even though I think Von Miller should win the on-the-field award, maybe J.J. Watt should win an off-the-field award for how he made a little girl’s day.
A little 6 year-old girl heard that J.J. Watt wasn’t married and she got excited because she wanted to be the one to marry J.J. Watt. And then her world came crashing down when she learned she wasn’t old enough to marry the NFL star. Her mother captured her reaction on video and posted it on YouTube.
J.J. Watt learned of the girl’s reaction and he set out on a Twitter and Facebook campaign to find the little girl. Once he found the little girl he went to wherever that little girl lives and he proposed to her. He proposed to be the little girl’s fake husband for one day and he posted pictures of the event on Twitter.
There are a lot of bad professional athletes out there. Not many of them should be admired for what they do, but occasionally a professional athlete shows us that there really are good people in sports. J.J. Watt is one of those good guys in sports.
Photo Credit: J.J. Watt’s Twitter Account
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