Sunday, February 3, 2013
Former Wisconsin Badger defensive end played for Pewaukee High School.
Since the beginning of the NFL season, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was heavily favored to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Watt received the award Saturday with 98 percent of the votes. Forty-nine of the possible 50 votes went to Watt. The other vote went to Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, according to Yahoo! Sports. “It is an individual award earned by the hard work of many,” Watt wrote on his Facebook fan page. “Thank you to all of my teammates, coaches, front office & staff.” The Houston Texans lost to the New England Patriots in the second round of the playoffs after beating the Cincinnati Bengals during the Wild Card Weekend. Watt, who had 5.5 sacks during the 2011 season, recorded 20.5 sacks during the past …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Two former University of Wisconsin-Madison football players from Waukesha County play for the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals.
When the Houston Texans take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, J.J. Watt won’t be the only local on the field. Kevin Zeitler, of Waukesha, played football with Watt at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Zeitler, a Wisconsin Lutheran High School graduate, was drafted in 2012 by the Bengals and has started in all 16 games this season as an offensive guard. Watt, of Pewaukee, had high praises for his former teammate this week. Watt returned an interception for a touchdown in last year’s playoffs against the Bengals. The Texans defeated the Bengals to advance to the next round of the playoffs in January 2012. "He's a heck of a player,” said Watt in an interview with media in Cincinnati. “I have a lot of respect for him and the way…
Monday, December 31, 2012
As the Wisconsin Badgers take the field on Tuesday, there are plenty of Waukesha County residents to root for in the game vs. Stanford.
For Waukesha County residents, the Rose Bowl is more than just a long-standing tradition of New Year’s Day football. With several local residents playing for the Wisconsin Badgers, there’s plenty to cheer for this year. Derek Watt, of Pewaukee, is making his own name on the Wisconsin Badgers. After switch from a linebacker to a fullback, Watt’s helped the Badgers’ offense this season with 12 receptions for 150 yards, including a 33-yard catch. Watt also recorded 12 defensive tackles this year. Watt, No. 34, was optimistic about the switch when first approached earlier this year, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “He thought it was in my best interests,” Watt told the Wisconsin State Journal. “When the head coach tells you there’s a…
Monday, November 19, 2012
When it comes to making defensive plays happen, J.J. Watt and Clay Matthews are stars. But who is the best?
They’re both big dudes. They’ve both made significant impact on their football teams. They both have nicknames. The “Claymaker” is Clay Matthews, No. 52 for the Green Bay Packers. Before his injury in the Packers win Nov. 4 over the Arizona Cardinals, he had recorded nine sacks and 21 solo tackles. J.J. Watt’s been a little more aggressive this season. Nicknamed the “Milk Man” and “J.J. Swat,” this Waukesha County native’s become the face of the Houston Texans, attracting attention from giggling girls and even Justin Bieber. On the field, Watt’s recorded 39 solo tackles and 11.5 sacks this season. But we want to know what Waukesha Patch readers think. Is Watt a better football player than Matthews? Or does your Packers allegiance lead you …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Crusaders shutout Pewaukee High School while Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt watched on field.
Catholic Memorial High School is back on the road Friday as the Crusaders football team competes in the third round of the WIAA playoffs. The Crusaders shutout Pewaukee High School 21-0 Friday night. They travel to Wisconsin Lutheran High School, 330 N. Glenview Ave., Milwaukee, to compete in the Division 3 playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday. Catholic Memorial fell to Pewaukee in the playoffs in 2011. Catholic Memorial is the only Waukesha high school left competing. Waukesha West High School fell during a high-scoring game against Watertown High School on Saturday. Meanwhile, Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt was on the field Friday watching younger brother, T.J. Watt, play for Pewaukee. J.J. Watt declined to give an official interview with Waukesha …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
As a J.J. Watt fan, I was a little surprised by the reaction of the Houston Texans fans during Sunday night's Green Bay Packers win.
If you’ve spent any time with me, you know I’m a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. So, when I was headed to the Reliant Stadium in Houston, I was a little fearful that I was going to watch my Packers get destroyed. I had seen the Packers lose against the Indianapolis Colts the week before and I still harbor bitter feelings toward the replacement refs over that Seattle Seahawks outcome. Going to an away game has always been on my unwritten bucket list. I was able to fulfill that wish while visiting a good friend who had moved from Waukesha to Texas a year ago. It was also a chance to see J.J. Watt in action. The Pewaukee High School graduate was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011, and he’s become the face of the growing Texans' franchise. …
Monday, January 9, 2012
J.J. Watt, a Pewaukee High School graduate and former Wisconsin, scores NFL touchdown with Houston Texans.
It looked like the Houston Texans were playing catch up Saturday afternoon against the Cincinati Bengals. And that’s when Waukesha County’s J.J. Watt turned the game around when he intercepted Andy Dalton from the Bengals. And then Watt ran his heart out for a touchdown that gave Houston the lead. Soon after, Watt could be seen on the sidelines with an oxygen mask as he had to get right back there and play defense again. “I came around and I really was trying to put my hands up, get in the way of the passing lane and it happened to kind of stick,” Watt said after the game. “I realized I had the ball so I was running to the end zone just trying not to fall down. That was it. I scored and got mauled by my teammates and the stadium went …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Waukesha County family has standout football players from the NFL down to high school.
Waukesha Fire Lt. John Watt faces an interesting dilemma this New Year’s: go and watch one son play in the Rose Bowl or go to the Houston Texans game and watch another son play. He says it’s a good dilemma to have. Watt is the father of three football-playing sons – J.J., a rookie defensive end for the Houston Texans, an NFL team that made it to the playoffs for the first time this year; Derek, a freshman linebacker with the Wisconsin Badgers; and T.J., a Pewaukee High School junior who just finished a notable season. Watt is proud of all three sons’ football accomplishments but notes that what’s important is what they have learned by playing sports – teamwork, hard work and humility. “What we’ve emphasized and like about sports is that it…
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
J.J. Watt featured as top defensive rookie by ESPN writer.
Pewaukee High School and Wisconsin Badger defensive player J.J. Watt has been heavily praised this season as his work as an NFL rookie has been noticed by sports writers throughout the country. The Houston Texans traditionally haven’t been seen as a big NFL threat. However, the team has a 6-3 winning record this season. John Clayton from ESPN in his mid-season review of the NFL season had this to say about Watt’s work with the Texans: Defensive rookie: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans. One of the reasons the Texans went from among the worst to first on defense is Watt's performance at defensive end. He frees up Antonio Smith to pass rush from the other side, plus he's great against running plays So how has Watt done halfway through the season…
Saturday, October 22, 2011
High scoring game sends Waukesha private school home.
Catholic Memorial High School’s football team lost in the first round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs Friday night against Pewaukee High School with a score of 42-32, according to Wissports.net. The Crusader’s quarterback Charlie Walsh threw for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Pewaukee’s T.J. Watt, brother of NFL rookie J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, had five catches for 73 yards.