I Can't Tell If J.J. Watt Still Cares Too Much About What People Think, Or Just Stop Caring Altogether
I'm not going to copy J.J. Watt's entire entry from 'The Player's Tribune' on here. For one, it's far too long and exasperating to post in full, but also because somehow I now pity a professional athlete with a 100 million dollar contract so much that I want him to get the clicks he's so desperately begging for by writing it. I think we can all agree that J.J. Watt had become not-so-mildly insufferable with his "look at how great of a guy I am" antics before he was sidelined for the season. I would say he became so insufferable, in fact, that the criticism started to outweigh the praise that he would stop at nothing to whore himself out for.
That's why I can't tell if this article is his way of being completely ignorant to that criticism or flat out tongue kissing it on live television. I mean, what I just read was basically what amounts to a manifesto on why I dislike J.J. Watt. I will never say the guy isn't one tough son-of-a-bitch because the list of injuries he rattled off would make the most biased of haters compassionate, but the only reason my eyes didn't roll around in my head as I read the rest of this puff piece on himself was because I wanted to look where I was "shooting" when inducing my own vomit. After sitting back for months with nothing to do but reflect on how polarizing of a figure he has become, how could he still think that publishing this was a good idea? I've always thought that J.J. Watt cared too much about what people thought about him, but how would that explain him spitting this big old self-important loogie right in the face of everyone that's ever called him an insecure narcissist?
His 4th grade teacher's husband picking him up from the airport? Documenting a near run-in with losing a limb? Reminiscing - in detail - about his high school days? Listing all of his accomplishments before claiming he would trade them all in to go back to running around in the grass with his friends? I don't want to put 'The Player's Tribune' in a box, but it's generally a place for athletes to talk about the hardships they've faced. J.J. Watt just used it as a place to tell everyone that being hurt really stinks and he'll be back and better than ever next year unless he finds a time machine that can transports him back Pop Warner. It's like he sat down and said "Oh, you think my public image is nauseating? You ain't seen nothing yet!", and I think that means his full transformation into his cringeworthy public image is damn near complete.