- Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is one of the most fan-friendly players in the NFL today.
- Tuesday night he decided to take the concept of fan engagement to a whole new level. He gave fans a phone number on Twitter where they can text him.
- No, he hasn’t lost his mind. He is just taking advantage of one of the latest innovations in technology to better connect with fans.
J.J. Watt is genuinely beloved by football fans—and not just of his team, the Houston Texans. With the way he plays the game, his charity work, and how he embraces fans everywhere, he is one of those guys that is just hard not to like. So, rather than fight it, most football fans tend to adore the big lug.
Fans adore him and not just because he is a great football player that gives back all the time (and is a beast on Madden). He will go out of his way to interact with the fans. It is not hard to find videos of him online playing catch with kids in the stands before games, in Houston and on the road.
He has 5.5 million followers on Twitter, where he can often be found interacting with fans. Tuesday night, he decided to take that interaction to the next level by doing something considered foolish, stupid, and insane for celebrities like him.
He tweeted out a phone number so fans could text him.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 20, 2019
Many fans expressed some immediate concern for him. Did he realize what he was getting into? The ordinary fans would be bad enough, but then you also have the crazy ones, the obsessed ones, the jerks, and the trolls. You know—all of the people that love to post comments on Twitter.
As could be expected, he received quite a few text messages in a relatively short amount of time:
While many tweeted that they hadn’t heard anything, many did and shared their interactions with Watt with the rest of the Twitter-verse:
It may seem crazy, but it is true. Fans can now send J.J. Watt text messages….