Hundreds of Texans fans say goodbye to J.J. Watt on Sports Radio 610 hotline

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Sports Radio 610 [KILT-AM] in Houston created a hotline where Houston Texans fans could leave voicemails for J.J. Watt, and the fans responded with hundreds of messages of admiration and support.

One of the best voicemails was from man who told about how his wife gave birth to their daughter on Sept. 14, 2017, during the Texans’ 14-9 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football.

“I got to put on the NFL Network right there in the labor and delivery room, and I’m like, ‘You can do it, babe. Yeah, come on, push, push,’ and I’m looking up and I’m looking up,” the caller said. “And right when you pancaked that center to end the game, because I think they were doing pass backs trying to make a miracle, you just laid this dude out. That very moment my daughter was born. So, it’s just something special that we had. I just genuinely want to say thank you. You’ve done it the right way. Nothing but love, J.J. Thanks a lot.”

Watt did it the right way with collecting three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards while with the Texans, and was the face of the franchise through the 2010s. Counting as a $17.5 million salary cap hit in 2021, the cash-strapped Texans had to make a move to get under the cap, which meant parting ways with their All-Pro defensive end that the city will forever love.

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