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JJ Watt nearly lost his leg to a staph infection

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JJ Watt is a tough guy, probably one of the toughest players in the entire league.

The Houston Texans star man hasn't been seen much in 2016 thanks to injury, and his 2015 wasn't much better as he was playing hurt for a large portion of it.

Writing in a piece on The Player's Tribune earlier today, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year wrote that he could've even lost one of his legs thanks to a staph infection that was only just caught in time.

"Believe it or not, the scariest was probably the staph infection," Watt wrote. "One Friday night last season, I noticed some weird bumps on my knee. I thought it was a rash, so I went and asked our trainer if he had any cream."

"He looked at my knee and said, 'That looks really bad. We have to get you to the hospital right now.'"

Watt went on to add that he thought the trainer was joking, until he started panicking and they rushed to the nearest hospital, where Watt was put on seven hours worth of antibiotics before flying out to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars.

"I remember walking into the locker room after the game and just collapsing on the training table. My body was completely shot, with nothing left to give," he added. "As the trainers hooked me up to an IV, one of the guys walking past joked, “You alive?”

Apparently, the star defensive end was told that he could've been closing to losing his leg.

"Later that day on the flight back to Houston, one of the team doctors told me that if our trainer hadn’t recognised the problem so quickly, I could have lost my leg."

Even if he lost a leg, we have no doubt that Watt would try to play with a bionic leg, suiting up in pads and a fake leg trying to get out onto the field.

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