J.J. Watt got very emotional after having a serious medical scare this week.
On Sunday morning, Watt revealed that he had to get his heart shocked back into rhythm earlier this week.
Watt also revealed that he had decided to play on Sunday despite the medical emergency.
I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today.
I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 2, 2022
After the game, Watt explained his decision to play after he “talked to cardiologists and electrophysiologists from all over the country.”
“I was assured multiple times from multiple people that there’s nothing else you could do,” Watt said. “I’m gonna go back and play like normal. So it could happen again next day, it could happen never again in 20 years.
“So I was assured, multiple times, so I went back to practice Friday, practiced and here we are. Obviously it’s been a very emotional week for my family, for my wife, for myself. I’m very happy to get a win today. I mean, I’ve learned, obviously, I’ve had a lot of emotions, but I’ve learned to appreciate the little things even more. And so it’s nice to have a win today.”
Watt then got choked up while talking about what he had gone through this week with his pregnant wife by his side.
“It’s been a week but happy to be here… It’s been tough, you know?” Watt continued. “It was just weird. Just weird. I have a baby on the way.”
“My wife was by my side the whole time. So that helps a lot,” Watt added. “And then just I didn’t know what else to do. I’ve been playing this game my whole life. They said I was fine
.”So once my heart was reset, they said, you’re fine if you feel comfortable. I mean, I’d probably be more uncomfortable sitting on my couch at home. This is just, this is what I know. Right or wrong, maybe that’s messed up. But if I was sitting at home watching the boys play and knowing that they said I was perfectly fine to play, I would have felt weird. So I just did what I know.”
Here’s video of Watt getting emotional at the press conference.