J.J. Watt on being on Hard Knocks: I prefer to focus on football
The Texans announced Wednesday that they will appear on the 10th season of the HBO show. Houston was one of nine teams eligible to be selected this year for Hard Knocks, which provides an inside look at a franchise during August training camp.
"I don’t think there’s many players that would vote for it," Watt said, according to USA Today. "I prefer to focus on the football."
In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that said the league could force a team to appear on Hard Knocks, as long as the team did not have a first-year head coach, did not make the playoffs over the last two seasons and did not appear on the show in the previous 10 years.
The Texans went 9–7 last season in their first year under head coach Bill O'Brien, improving on a 2–14 2013 season. Watt was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year after making 20 1/2 sacks, five fumble recoveries and 78 tackles.
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