When you wreak as much havoc on opposing offenses as J.J. Watt does, you deserve your own computer animation.
Watt now has one — thanks to the game operations team at Reliant Stadium. The cartoon Watt now pops up on the stadium scoreboards after particularly big plays from No. 99.
And, it's almost as entertaining as the real thing. Albeit in a more hilarious way. The scoreboard Watt is a glorified version of a stick figure, but when he pops up, he swats down a pass, delivers Watt's signature salute and raises his arms to pump up the crowd in the most awkward way possible.
Animation Watt had a lot to live up to in Sunday's 29-17 win against the Indianapolis Colts. On the day the Texans won their second straight AFC South title, Watt spent so much time in the Colts backfield that Andrew Luck should have been charging him rent.
A computer can't replace this man.
The scoreboard Watt is a glorified version of a stick figure, but when he pops up, he swats down a pass, delivers Watt's signature salute and raises his arms to pump up the crowd.
The real thing racked up two sacks, forced a fumble at the goal line to rob Indianapolis of a scoring chance and dropped another Colts running back in the backfield for another loss. And that's just in the first half.
When the Colts pulled within 23-17, Watt burst into their backfield again early in the fourth quarter to drop Vick Ballard for a five-yard loss to force a third-and-long. He'd add his third sack of the game in the fourth quarter.
After Watt dragged Luck down on a throw he did manage to fling away in the first half, the rookie quarterback turned to the sideline and screamed. Perhaps, Luck was wondering what the heck coach Bruce Arians' contain Watt plan was.
The quarterback would have much preferred to see the computer animated Watt.
Six days after putting pressure on Tom Brady without walking away with any stats to show for it, the second-year player dominated the stat sheet — and, more importantly, the game — against the Colts.