J.J. Watt fulfills childhood dream riding into Packers-Texans joint practice

J.J. Watt fulfilled a childhood dream at Monday’s Packers-Texans joint practice, riding a child’s bike into a Packers practice as an NFL athlete.

The initial ride, however, did not exactly go according to plan.

“The bike I was using was not equipped for a 290-pound man, and the seat broke off,” Watt explained with a smile after practice. “We have purchased a new bike for the boy, so I apologize for that.

“It’s one of the coolest traditions. Growing up here, I know how special it is to get to interact with a player from the Green Bay Packers growing up as a kid in Wisconsin. For them to have that tradition where kids get to be up close and personal with their favorite players, and they get to hold that helmet–that’s what it’s all about. Those are memories that those kids are going to have for a lifetime.”

The Packers and Texans have another joint practice Tuesday morning, but Watt will not be participating. He told reporters that his groin tightened up toward the end of Monday’s action, and the Houston Chronicle reports that Watt will likely sit out the Thursday preseason game against the Packers as a precaution.

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