Watt not concerned with health consequences of football career

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says the only thing missing from his career is a Super Bowl victory, and he's not worried about what he might have to do to his body to get one.

"A championship is the one thing I don't have," Watt told Stephen Rodrick of Men's Journal. "I have three Defensive Players of the Year. Only one other player has done that. But being a defensive lineman, it's hard to control the game."

Although numerous players are opting to retire at the peak of their careers, Watt hasn't considered that idea.

(Courtesy: Men's Journal)

"I live with the fact that while I am playing, I am going to give everything I have, and I will live with those consequences," Watt said. "Maybe when I'm 50 I won't be able to walk, and I will say, 'You were young and stupid.' But right now this is my mentality."

Teammate Shane Lechler told Rodrick that Watt visited him during the postseason and could hardly get out of his car, leaving Lechter worried he might not be able to play again.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year has anchored the defense since his second season, and head coach Bill O'Brien hinted that he overuses Watt.

"One of the things I need to do a better job of with J.J. this year is giving him a break," O'Brien said.

The Texans' season kicks off against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11.

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