Texans' JJ Watt tries out being a firefighter

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PEWAUKEE, WI (KTRK) -- Texans star J.J. Watt recently tried out being a professional firefighter in his hometown of Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

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The son of retired firefighter John Watt, J.J. Watt says in the promotional video for Gatorade that he used to fear his father's workplace.

He said, "When I would visit the fire station, I was scared of the trucks, I was scared of the ambulances because I only associated them with the possibility of my dad getting hurt."

In the video, Watt tries out a number of firefighter exercises -- including dragging dummies, lifting heavy hoses and breaking into structures - in 86-degree heat. That's not exactly a Texas temperature right now, but it was a lot to handle in full firefighter gear for the Texans defensive end.

Watt says in the video, "I respect the hell out of that. That's incredible. I mean, I'm dying. I'm drenched."

He added, "I work my ass off every day at my job because I love it, but at the end of the day, if I screw up, I've a bad play. This is life and death. To me, there's no comparison. We get headlines, you know, and we're playing a game. You know, these guys don't get the headlines, but they're the ones that save lives. Between them and the police and the military. I mean, those are people that are doing something that matters because they are true heroes. I'm just a guy that chases a ball around."

The video was produced for Gatorade's Beat the Heat campaign. Watch the video below: