Wilson, Watt missed playing together

Wilson, Watt missed playing together
September 26, 2013, 10:45 am
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Russell Wilson (left) and J.J. Watt (right) were both Pro Bowlers in 2012.

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Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt just missed playing with each other.

Wilson showed up to Wisconsin in late June of 2011 with one year of eligibility remaining after three years at NC State. Watt would have had one year of eligibility left in 2011 too but already left school and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Texans.

Wilson said he had a chance to talk to Watt at the Pro Bowl and they talked about missing out on the chance to play with each other.  

“Me and him were just joking that if he had stayed his senior year, we probably would have won the national championship,” Wilson said on a conference call with Houston reporters on Wednesday. “I missed playing with him. It’s going to be an honor to play against him, but we’re going to have to step up and play our best football against a very, very good Houston Texans defense.”

After the conference call, Wilson’s comments were relayed to Watt in the Texans’ locker room.

“It would have been fun. It sure would have been fun,” Watt said. “I wish I would have known he was coming. But we definitely go back, obviously, the ties to Wisconsin. He’s a good guy, has done a lot of great stuff in the community and he’s a guy I respect greatly. He has a great work ethic and he’s a very good football player.”

Wilson and Watt played against each other in the Pro Bowl but Sunday will be the first time they’ll play each other in a game that counts.