Watt warms up for his fourth charity softball classic

JJ Watt, 27, expects his fourth JJ Watt Charity Classic to be great, too. It benefits the Justin J. Watt Foundation.

Watt’s first three charity games were sold out at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. Watt moved it to Minute Maid Park this year to raise more money for his foundation. Tickets are available to watch the home run derby and then the game between the offense and defense.

Watt recruited big-name coaches: Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Clyde Drexler and Tom Herman.

Watt, who has won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in five years, tying Lawrence Taylor for the most, admits he’s not spending a lot of time in the batting cage.

“I generally do one batting cage session before the game,” he said. “Last year, we actually brought softballs to the practice field during our coaching session for the defense to hit.”

Watt said he might get in some extra BP at Clemens’ house because he has a pitching/batting cage. No matter how many swings he takes or how much coaching he receives, Watt isn’t expected to be the best hitter.

“I think the first year was my best,” he said.

Watt might be the best player on the team when it comes to football, but he sounds as if he can’t carry punter Shane Lechler’s batting gloves when it comes to softball.


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