Heart procedure could be option for Arizona Cardinals’ JJ Watt

Oct 2, 2022;  Charlotte, NC, USA;  Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt (99) during pregame activity against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Always the quintessential professional, JJ Watt stuck to his regular pre-game ritual on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC The Cardinals’ veteran defensive end did his solo pass-rushing shadow work against a goal post at one end of the arena , did some private stretching in the end zone, then would return in uniform to finish his normal routine.

That included his customary high knee-bending sprints, the usual quick-burst runs, followed by a friendly walk around the stadium by the 6-foot-5, 288-pound Pied Piper of Fun to play a game of catch football with kids and teenagers who happened to be wearing any Cardinals’ gear.

A few hours later, the biggest, baddest man on the field was sobbing like a baby.

It was emotionally raw, extremely authentic, and insanely beautiful, if you’ll pardon the observation.

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman JJ Watt is introduced before they take on the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sept. 25, 2022.

Watt, the NFL’s three-time Defensive Player of the Year and future Hall of Famer, could have died last Wednesday when his heart, for reasons still unknown, went into atrial fibrillation. Though the condition isn’t always serious but can be and causes an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm, all we know is that medical personnel shocked his heart back into its normal rhythm the next day, he was pronounced fit to play, and he appeared in his 138th regular-season NFL game three days later.

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