If you’ve ever watched Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt play football, he doesn’t exactly come across as a kind-hearted and gentle human being. Watt, who was recently named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year and is a favorite to be named the NFL‘s Defensive Player of the Year later today, may be a nightmare for opposing offenses, but for one little girl, he’s a hero.
After watching a Houston news story about J.J. Watt and how he was looking for a girlfriend, a six-year old girl by the name of Breanna decided that she would make the perfect bridal candidate. Her grandmother, however, told the young girl she needed to be at least 25-years old before she could get married. That’s when Breanna started bawling, crying that she “wished she was 25 so she could marry JJ Watt.”
Soon after, her mother posted a video of her crying on YouTube and got hundreds of thousands of views. One of those viewers happened to be none other than Watt himself, who took to Twitter, asking if anyone knew how he could get in touch with the little girl.
Eventually, he was able to contact Breanna’s family, and he set up a surprise meeting with her. He planned it so that Breanna and her family would go on a tour of Reliant Stadium, the Texans home field. Breanna was disappointed when she was told that Watt wouldn’t be there, but she quickly realized it was a all a trick.
As they entered into one of the rooms at Reliant, she opened the door to see Watt down on one knee, holding a Ring Pop in his hands. He said, “I know we can’t really get married, but would you be my pretend wife for the day?” After she said yes, Watt replied, “Thank goodness. I didn’t know what I was going to do if you said no. I was so nervous. I’ve never fake proposed before.”
He then gave his young “wife” a bouquet of flowers and a No. 99 Watt jersey. Afterward, they continued the tour and even had their “first dance” to a Justin Beiber song.
He may be a nightmare on the football field, but least one little girl knows that deep down, J.J. Watt’s a kind-hearted gentleman after all.