J.J. Watt was ranked the No. 35 player in the NFL by his peers for the 2016 season. Watt wasn’t happy about it.
The latest segment of the NFL Top 100 was revealed on Monday night, and although Watt fell 32 spots from his ranking last year, he still felt his rating was way too high.
It’s debatable Watt is the best player to ever suit up in a Houston Texans uniform, and he is currently one of the most iconic players in the league. Just two years ago, Watt was ranked No. 1, and he is the only defensive player to ever claim that honor in the seven-year history of the countdown.
He may be a four-time All-Pro, but the list is (supposed to be) about who the best players were the previous season, meaning Watt had no business being on the countdown this year — as crazy as that probably sounds.
Last summer, Watt had surgery in order to repair a herniated disk and he sat ot the entire preseason before finally stepping on the field in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears. However, he re-injured that same disk in September against the New England Patriots, and needed to have a season-ending surgery as a result. Watt finished the 2016 season with 1.5 sacks and eight total tackles.
Before 2016, Watt hadn’t missed a single football game since his sophomore year of high school. His injury snapped his streak of 83 consecutive NFL games played.