About Time

JJ Watt Has an (Official) Draft Day Bobblehead Now

Better late than never, right?

By Abby Ledoux January 10, 2020

Nine years after his first-round 2011 draft pick by the Texans, defensive end JJ Watt finally has an officially licensed Draft Day bobblehead.

Just in time for Sunday's game, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum (yes, that's a real thing, based in Milwaukee) has unveiled an officially licensed bobblehead to commemorate the Texans' 2011 drafting of our own beloved JJ Watt.

In case you didn't notice, that was nine years ago, and Draft Day bobbleheads are typically released shortly after a player's selection. So why is Watt's only coming out now?

Well, the preliminary response to the defensive end's selection back in 2011 was very different from how heroically Watt, our collective boyfriend, is perceived today. In fact, Houston fans actually booed the selection—in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin—so, needless to say, there was little interest in releasing a celebratory bobblehead.

Of course, today Watt is one of the League's most beloved figures, especially here at home. "I think the draft night boos served as motivation for JJ to become one of the best players both on and off the field," said National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar in a statement. "We think this bobblehead is the perfect way for fans to show how much they love JJ."


The time was also ripe given Watt's return from his "season-ending" injury to help lead the Texans to the NFL Divisional Round this weekend.

The figure, manufactured by FOCO—an official licensee and manufacturer of Houston Texans and NFL merch—features a suited-up Watt as he appeared back in 2011, holding his No. 1 Texans jersey. Since that night, Watt has gone on to become one of the NFL's best defensive players with 96 sacks—he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons alone—and holds the Texans' franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles. And then there's his philanthropic pursuits off the field: His charitable efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims raised raised more than $37 million and earned him the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year honor following the 2017 season. Also in 2017, Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsperson of the Year.

Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 2,017. They're available for $40 each (plus flat rate shipping of $8 per order) at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum's online store.

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