NFL star, hockey fan J.J. Watt shows off his hockey skills (Video)

Jen Neale

Houston Texans defensive-end J.J. Watt is a 6-foot-5, 288-pound man-beast on the football field. Can you imagine his Chris Pronger/Zdeno Chara-esque frame skating at full-speed towards you as you tried to dig a puck out of the corner?

Kind of terrifyingly-awesome, and to think it was almost a reality.

In a 2013 conversation with SI's Peter King, the Wisconsin-born Watt admits that hockey, not football was his first love:

“I grew up in Wisconsin loving hockey. I mean, I started when I was three years old on skates. I played all over—in Canada all the time, all over the U.S., over in Germany for a 10-day tournament. Hockey, honestly, was my first love. The excitement, the fast pace, the intensity of the game … I still love it to this day ..."

Why didn't Watt end up following his dream of playing hockey? One word - money.

"... I had to quit. It was financial ... it was extremely expensive. My family is a middle class family. When I grew up and learned how much it actually costs ... I could not believe that my parents let us play as long as they did ... those were some of the best years of my life ...”

Awwww! The NHL's loss is the NFL's gain.

On Tuesday, Watt tweeted out a video of him on the ice showing off what skills he's still got:

Imagine what could have been for Team USA.