J.J. Watt needs two bikes after practice with Packers

J.J. Watt needs two bikes after practice with Packers

That dream became a reality - sort of - on Monday, as the Packers welcomed Watt and the Texans to Green Bay for the first of two joint practices before the teams meet in their preseason opener Thursday night.

The Texans players got to experience a tradition, special to many in Green Bay, by riding children's bikes to the practice field. Children line up with their bicycles to wait for the players, who each pick a bike to ride into practice - cartoon characters, colorful paint and all. Watt has promised to buy the 5-year-old a new bike.

Another day, another practice, another highlight from Green Bay Packers fullback Danny Vitale. Catch all the action for that game on NBC 26, your official Packers station.

Wisconsin native Watt grew up as a Packers fan and said he has been dreaming of participating in this event since he was a kid.


"It's one of the coolest traditions", he said, according to ESPN. The welcome and reception I've gotten since I got back here. For them to have that tradition, where kids get to be up close and personal with their favorite players and they get to hold their helmet. However, he tried to ride a young fan's bike, and the miniature vehicle was too big to support his 289-pound frame, so he broke it.

"Yeah, it's all just precautionary", Watt said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "For me to be able to participate in it as a player was cool". Those are the memories that those kids are going to have for a lifetime.

And the kid with the broken bike will now have a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

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