Watt relishing in veteran role with Texans

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt is entering his fourth season in the NFL.  

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HOUSTON – Entering his fourth season with the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt is already considered one of the ‘old guys’ on the roster.

Chalk it up to his leadership qualities that he has brought with him since his rookie season, but at just 25-years old, the star defensive end is the go-to guy for the less experienced players in the locker room.

"I’m like an old man now," Watt joked. "It’s definitely a little bit different role than in the past, but I enjoy it. I thoroughly enjoy it and I thoroughly enjoy being able to help some of the young guys out."

From giving training tips, to off-field pointers; Watt enjoys handing out advice to his teammates when asked. While he is not considered ‘old’ by his age, he is one of the older players on the defense with several younger faces this season and he knows the spotlight is on him constantly with his veteran role.

"First and foremost, I’m always trying to lead by example," Watt said. "Go out here and try to do things the right way, try and show the guys that I’m all in. Obviously with a lot of young guys, I’m a little bit older now, I’m 25, so I’m a little bit older. I’m trying to help them as much as I can."

Watt feels with his experiences over three previous seasons, he can make this Texans squad that much better as they continue with training camp.

"I’m telling them little tips, just some of the little things –€“ how to be a pro off the field, how to take care of your body, how to take care of your business," Watt said. "And then on the field, little tricks, little tips that I’ve learned through my few years, doing as much as I can, just getting in guys ears and letting them know what they can do to be a better player."

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