Everyone knows J.J. Watt is one of the best players in the National Football League, but not many know he's also an avid hockey fan.
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year grew up in Wisconsin, and started skating at the age of 3.
Not knowing which team to root for as a kid, Watt gravitated towards the Blackhawks and reaffirmed it by tweeting out a photo last June wearing Blackhawks attire to show his support for them during their 2015 Stanley Cup run.
As a kid, didn't know better, liked both Wings & Hawks. Hawks fan tonight. #OhNoHeTookASelfie #ItsTheOffseasonRelax pic.twitter.com/AXCnv36W60— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 6, 2015
But he also was a fan of another team that may not make sense to anyone in Chicago: the Detroit Red Wings.
Let him explain:
"Growing up I didn't know what a fairweather fan was, and I loved — it's terrible, it's like the biggest taboo you could ever have — but I loved the Blackhawks and the Red Wings at the same time, which is absurd," Watt said on the Margaritaville Football podcast. "It's awful, but it's awesome. It's great.
"But I love guys like Chris Chelios and he played for both, so I was like, 'eh, why not?' And I grew up in an era where both those teams were really good, and I was playing hockey in Chicago and I was playing hockey in Detroit, so I got to go to a couple of games. As a kid you don't know any better, so I was like, 'Both these teams are my favorite teams.' And now I look back and like, 'oh, man, I don't know if that's allowed.'"
Watt joked that he should start a support group for liking both teams, concluding with, "I have a problem."