J.J. Watt is about to make the transition that so many former NFL players before him have made, moving from the playing field to the broadcasting studio.
It also sounds like he’s learning a lesson many of them learned as well. One, that it’s much harder than it seems, and two, that they know more than you think.
“I always said early in my career I didn’t want to be an analyst,” Watt told the Houston Chronicle’s Greg Rajan. “I said, ‘Those guys don’t know what they’re talking about.’ They always rip on players when they don’t know their assignments. They always talk bad about us. I said, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ But now, leaving the game, I realize how much I love it and how much I can’t stand to not be around it. This is the perfect opportunity.”
After retiring in December, Watt joined CBS in June and will have a seat on The NFL Today studio set alongside host James Brown and fellow analysts Simms, Cowher, Boomer Esiason, and Nate Burleson.
Watt has presumably been getting a crash course in media work this summer and we’d imagine that he’ll have a whole new perspective on the role of the NFL analyst in a few weeks.