Y.A. Tittle, meet J.J. Watt.
The picture of a beaten, bloody Tittle is one of the NFL's most iconic images because it reminds us of the toughness needed to play such a violent game. Watt, the Houston Texans defensive end and reigning defensive player of the year, had a similar moment on the sideline Sunday.
As the Fox broadcast went to commercial before overtime, there was a close-up of Watt, nose busted wide open, getting worked on like a boxer in the late rounds of a fight. He played the overtime with the bridge of his nose cut open. At one point the cameras spotted him pushing away a trainer trying to help him.
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— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 29, 2013
Watt didn't help Houston win, as the Seahawks came back to pull off a 23-20 victory, but he provided one of the enduring images of Week 4.
He also gave a very frustrated and angry sound bite after the loss, meeting with the media despite his nose being carved up pretty badly.