J.J. Watt Says He Won’t Play If Players Are Forced To Wear Face Shields This Season

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Sports are officially on their way back.

The MLB has their Opening Day on the books, the NHL is locking down the details, NBA players have already reported to Disney World, and the NFL is trying to figure out what football amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

And one of the big questions on the table is whether or not players are going to have to wear full face shields on the field.

However, for JJ Watt, that’s a deal breaker.

In a recent interview with Pro Football Talk, J.J. Watt said that he likely sit out if that was the case:

“My second year in the league I thought it’d be cool, I put a visor on my helmet. I was like, ‘It looks so cool, I wanna put a visor on.’ I had it on for about three periods of practice and I said, ‘Take this sucker off, I’m gonna die out here.’ Just the face one, so now you’re gonna put something around my mouth? You can keep that. If that comes into play, I don’t think you’re gonna see me on the field.”


J.J. is one of the faces of the NFL, a beloved player football by fans across the country. Obviously player safety is a HUGE concern for the NFL, but they definitely don’t want their superstars opting out. Stay tuned, I’m sure this isn’t the last of the mask conversation.

He also added that players shouldn’t be shamed for choosing the health of themselves and their families over playing this season.

Either way, J.J. looks like he’s definitely in game shape.

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