Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is one of the greatest pass rushers of this generation.
Watt’s had two seasons where he’s accumulated more than 20 sacks. And he’s had two more seasons where he surpassed 16 total sacks (including this past season).
But that doesn’t mean the former Wisconsin Badger is full of great ideas off the field.
On Friday evening, the official NFL Instagram account posted a happy birthday message to Watt, something that’s quite common for league-run social media accounts.
Watt then posted a comment suggesting the Tennessee Titans should give up their rights to the “Oilers” nickname so the Texans could wear some sweet throwback jerseys.
This is a ridiculous comment from Watt.
For starters, this isn’t a situation like the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland moved to Baltimore in 1996, but the newly established Ravens were treated as an expansion team. The Browns, on the other hand, were treated as a “suspended franchise”, which meant their team history remained in Cleveland.
That wasn’t the deal when the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997. The franchise simply moved, much like the Chargers recently relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles (the Rams are also an example that can be used).
The Titans played as the Oilers for two seasons in Tennessee, before changing their name to the Titans in 1999.
There is zero connection between the Texans and the Oilers, aside from sharing a home city. That’s why this suggestion by Watt is completely asinine.
I understand Watt’s affinity for the Oilers’ throwback jerseys, because they are definitely awesome. But they won’t be showing up on the backs of Texans players during a game anytime soon.
Try again, Watt. Because this ain’t it.
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