The Texans star says you can be more than just an athlete.
Athletes are speaking up now more than ever, and it will only continue.
According to The Nation's Dave Zirin, former Cleveland Browns general manager and current NFL analyst Michael Lombardi spoke on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen in an unflattering light. Lombardi made a statement about the young quarterback saying that it was difficult to determine what he is more passionate about when it comes to humanitarian work or football.
With apologies to @mlombardiNFL the exact quote was that Rosen "might like humanitarian work more than football.... I don't know where his values lie."— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 7, 2018
That's when J.J. Watt stepped in. The Texans star mentioned that there's more to life than just being an athlete and that they should use their platforms to do great things in the world. After Watt's charitable causes for the city of Houston after the hurricane and other work he's involved in, he more than anyone knows the importance of helping others.
This is just as dumb as the “shut up and dribble” comment. Right or wrong, athletes are some of the most recognizable people in this country. That is an extremely powerful platform that so many use to do great things in their community. Who wouldn’t want that? #MoreThanAnAthlete https://t.co/wDKcj341n8— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 7, 2018
Of all the things to consider when drafting a quarterback, Rosen's commitment to charity should be a pro rather than a con.