Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger got his first career start for the Tennessee Titans last sunday and immediately felt the wrath of Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.
Watt was quick to note that he didn't feel the rookie quarterback was taking his job seriously enough in the lead up to the game, Mettenberger posted numerous 'selfies' which set up him to be embarrassed on national television.
The dominant defensive end was not to be curtailed from getting to the quarterback and when he finally threw down Mettenberger, he celebrated by taking an imaginary 'selfie' with the floored signal caller.
Hasn't fazed the rook
However Mettenberger hasn't been overly embarrassed by the incident, in fact he has found it rather humorous, he explained to Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean:
"I just kind of laughed it off. What can I say? The guy is the best defensive player in the NFL, there is nothing I can say to him. So I just need to keep progressing, keep working and we'll play them again.He's entitled to his opinion, he is a great player and all that. But I know how hard I work, and I know what I am doing here each and every day. And that's something that I can't be concerned about. If social media ever becomes a distraction for me, I just need to give it up. It never has been a distraction. If guys in this locker room feel it's a distraction on my part, I'll tone it back. But I don't think that's a problem."
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Mettenberger isn't the only one to find it funny, Watt himself has said that the reaction to his celebration has been even funnier to him.
Watt spoke to Dan Patrick on Monday after the game and said: "I think the reaction has been much funnier to me, So many people have so many thoughts on the situation.”
The defensive end and MVP candidate is probably the hardest working athlete in the NFL and never stops trying to improve himself, it will certainly irk him if anyone that is given an opportunity in the league does not apply the right attitude to their situation.
It was the main reason for the celebration and the taunt of the rookie quarterback, Watt said after the game: "It (sack and fake selfie) was kind of a reminder that this is the NFL, not high school, This is the National Football League. Welcome to the show."
He continued: "I take this game seriously, If I were a rookie being named a starter for the first time, I’d be a little more focused. But we won the game. That’s all that matters.”
Mettenberger has reiterated that he is in fact a hard worker but after Watt's comments, maybe his activity on social media will be much less frequent.
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