Texans' Watt visits Flyers at practice
After spending most Sundays chasing quarterbacks, Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt would be a natural to chase goaltenders as well.
That may have been the thinking of Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall when the two crossed paths Friday at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J.
Hextall presented Watt with a personalized Flyers' jersey, although the mammoth star would not be allowed to wear it in a game - you know, should be play - due to the number being retired by the league for Wayne Gretzky.
At 6-foot-5, 289 pounds, Watt would provide an imposing presence for a struggling defense and could be just what captain Claude Giroux and Philadelphia needs to get over the hump in the competitive Eastern Conference.
Sorry to spoil the dream, Flyers fans, but Watt actually was in the Philadelphia area this week after having groin surgery on Tuesday.
Texans star DL J.J. Watt, apparently in the area because of recent surgery, visited with the #Flyers in their locker room today.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 15, 2016
The 26-year-old Watt is no stranger to hockey, however, as he played briefly at Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin before shifting gears to football.