JJ Watt of Houston Texans to reveal his phone number to his fans
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J.Watt, who was out for the season on the injured list, had found something to do in his free time by providing his phone number on the Internet. By that way, his fans across the country can text him.
In a video on Instagram page on Wednesday, Watt said that he was talking to one of his buddies the other day. They were talking about social media, how it was used, how to connect with fans, some of the negativity, and things like that… He asked, ‘Have you seen the new thing people are doing?’ Being asked what it was, he answered right away, ‘Texting directly with the fans.’
The outstanding NFL Defensive Player of the Year has recovered since the October season-ending torn pectoral. In his video, Watt said he thought it was interesting, so he figured he was going to try it. He even said that he had never done it before, had no experience with it, so he was going to have to bear with himself. “I’m not sure if it’s going to be awesome. I’m not sure if I’m not going to get to anybody so I’m going to give it a shot.”, said Watt.
It seems to be a way for him to connect more directly with his fans. And yes, he actually texted some of his fans back.
Later, he tweeted that he already had responded to a couple hundred texts, but his inbox is currently sitting at more than 25,000. He still continues to try it out to see how it goes and if his fans like it as a more direct way to interact. “One thing I can say is I truly appreciate all the kind words”, told him.
He also expressed his support to Ohio students who called him the “great guy and great leader.” The student said if his classmates got a text back, the class would get the highest mark.
In response, Watt tweeted that “This kid better get 100% on that final.”