It’s one thing to play through an injury, but it’s a completely different ball game when you’re playing through five (yes, FIVE) torn core muscles. Playing through that type of an injury is amazing, but doing it at an NFL level, and still winning the Defensive Player of the Year award is basically amazing.
According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN, J.J. Watt did just that, and had to have surgery on both sides of his body after the season.
According to a source, Watt had partially torn left and right abdominals and a partially torn right adductor longus. He also had a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus, which are two of the three muscles that connect the pelvic bone to the left thigh bone.
To make things even crazier, Watt didn’t miss a single game, and even broke his hand back in December, but chose to play with a club instead of sitting out. The man is the definition of a warrior, and there’s no question that he’ll once again be in the mix for the Defensive Player of the Year award once again in 2016.
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