Steven: “That is great! I am a big believer in giving back to the community myself and I always admire it when professional athletes such as yourself take the time to do that. I wanted to shift gears here and ask about your son and how fatherhood is going? How has it helped you grow as a person and as a football player?”
Derek: “It’s going really well. Logan actually just turned nine months old a couple weeks ago. He’s doing really great, and has started to say ‘da-da’ all the time now. My wife is trying to get ‘ma-ma’ out of him but it is not working. But it’s great man, being a parent is a lot of work for sure but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
He’s my little man. I love him more than anything and it really is a blast getting home from work every day. He always lights up like a Christmas tree and starts smiling and clapping. He always puts a smile on my face, no matter what kind of day I had. It has just kind of put things in perspective for me, ya know, because it’s another person I am playing for in my family.
On the field, I am always thinking about him and my wife. In general, like I said, it’s hard work and he is literally relying on my wife and I to survive. Again, it just puts it into perspective how much he relies on us: he goes where we go, does what we allow him to do, and eats what we feed him. Shoot, it’s just been awesome, it’s been a great nine months and I just can’t wait for the future.”
Steven: “That is great, I am glad to hear things are going so well. How is the race for being the ‘favorite uncle’ going for your brothers?” (JJ Watt, Defensive End for the Houston Texans and TJ Watt, Defensive End for the Pittsburgh Steelers)
Derek: “It’s going well. Logan is sure enjoying it. They are really battling it out and I would say right now, based off of their visits out here during the season TJ had the better experience. Partially because of environmental circumstances, we were in a hotel room with JJ.
We started the same way with TJ but decided to go downstairs to the lobby restaurant and gave him a better experience that way. So TJ got a bunch of smiles out of Logan and JJ got a bunch of crying, because he needed a bottle and had some diaper issues around JJ , so that was our excuse there.
But JJ did recently come out here during his bye week, you know he’s been injured, but he came out and surprised me for my birthday, him and his fiancé and they had a much better experience. So it’s pretty neck and neck, I would say and this offseason is going to be interesting.”
Words can’t even begin to describe it!! So happy for you @DerekWatt34 & @gabriella_watt2!! Logan is so Incredibly precious and I am honored to be his favorite uncle. I intend to defend that title with every fiber of my being! pic.twitter.com/nxFrXaP6qr
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 25, 2019