J.J. Watt had no guarantees that his college football careerwould continue past his freshman year at Central Michigan. He justbelieved.Not many others did, and the fact that the Badgers’ best passrusher was delivering pizzas and mopping floors as a lightlyregarded prospect who had already walked away from one collegeprogram is where Watt’s career could’ve ended.Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema gave Watt an opportunity and the6-foot-6 Watt wasn’t shy about making some bold predictions.”I’ll never forget, he asked me what he had to do to earn ascholarship,” Bielema said. ”I said, ‘You’ve got to be in thetwo-deep or the major playing rotation.’ He said to me, ‘Coach,I’ll be there at the end of spring ball.’ And that’s exactly wherehe was. We gave him a scholarship and it’s been a good story eversince.”It was a good story even before then and hardly seemed possiblewhen Watt was in high school and looking at Division III schoolsinstead of looking at No. 1 Ohio State’s offensive line when hetakes the field on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium.”The one thing people ask me is, ‘Would you change the path toget here. If you could come to Wisconsin right away, would you?’ Ialways say no because the… Read full this story
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