J.J. Watt participates in Packers' bike riding tradition, accidentally breaks seat

Ross Houston
August 7, 2019

The Houston Texans are having joint practices with the Packers in Green Bay as the two teams prepare for their preseason opener this week. The Packers, as they've been known to do, rode bikes to Lambeau Field, and Watt got in on the action as well. Children line up with their bicycles to wait for the players, who each pick a bike to ride into practice - cartoon characters, colorful paint and all. Catch all the action for that game on NBC 26, your official Packers station.

"To see wearing my jersey outside of this stadium and at this practice, even though I've tried to wrap my head around it, I don't think I've wrapped my head around what it means, and how special it really is", Watt explained. The bike I was using was not equipped for a 290 pound man, and the seat broke off. I've gotten smarter as I've gotten older. For them to have that tradition, where kids get to be up close and personal with their favorite players and they get to hold their helmet. "For me to be able to participate in it as a player was cool".

Watt isn't the only Wisconsinite on the Texans' roster: rookie offensive lineman Max Scharping is from Green Bay, and graduated from the city's Green Bay Southwest High before going on to play at Northern Illinois.

"I'm very grateful for the reception and the way that they treat me here", said Watt, a Wisconsin native. The kid-sized bike, unfortunately, didn't survive the trek.

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