“Big Man” J.J. Watt Breaks 5-Year-Old Fan’s Bike, Promises to Replace It
“Poor bike never stood a chance.”
It’s his impressive size that landed the 6′ 5″ 289-pound defensive lineman for the Houston Texans in a delicate situation on Monday.
The Green Bay Packers have a training camp tradition of borrowing young fans' bicycles and riding them to practice. The Texans have been practicing with the Packers ahead their preseason-opening game at Lambeau Field on Thursday, which meant Watt, a Wisconsin native, finally had the chance to participate in the annual bike ride.
Watt ended up borrowing the bike of five-year-old Packers fan Biraj Sadhu. The kid-sized bike, unfortunately, didn’t survive the trek. The seat ended up breaking as Watt got closer to the field.
"OK, it's not big-man approved," Watt joked as he picked up the bike and carried it over his shoulder. Biraj, who walked next to him carrying Watt's helmet, didn’t seem to mind.
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"It was pretty awesome until I broke the bike," Watt, 30, told the Houston Chronicle after Monday's practice. "The bike I was using wasn't equipped for a 290-pound man and the seat broke off. We have purchased a new bike for the boy. I apologize for that. It's one of the coolest traditions."