Steelers star TJ Watt ‘husked’ at pickleball by Pittsburgh woman Minkah Fitzpatrick
TJ Watt can handle football at the highest level, but that doesn’t mean he can handle the heat of a hometown pickleball player. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, along with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Alex Highsmith, learned a thing or two from a woman who was just looking for a pick-up friendly on Saturday.
The three NFL players were trying to have a fun day and stay active in the offseason by practicing some good ol’ pickleball. They played singles on their own for a while, but then they found an extra person to play doubles: a woman from Pittsburgh named Meg.
The woman’s daughter shared a screenshot of her family group chat on Twitter over the weekend, which has gone viral. In this conversation, Meg shared a photo she took with three new friends she made at the pickleball court.
“So I drove to North Park tonight to play a pickleball game,” Meg wrote. “I started playing with these guys. I had no idea who they were. The last game, the guy in the green shirt and I booed the other two. Then everyone else wanted to take pictures of us .”
This “guy in the green shirt” is Fitzpatrick. As a team, he and Meg proved too much for Watt to handle. Watt was impressed and he gave credit where credit was due.
“Meg was serving the HEAT. We had problems all day,” he wrote on Twitter.
Some people still raised their eyebrows at these struggling professional footballers in a friendly sporting competition. One of those critics was Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt. Like any older brother, he decided to give his younger brother a hard time by ask him to explain himself.
TJ Watt wasn’t going to sit down and take the trash talk, so he challenged his brother to a game in order to defend his honor.
“Anytime. Anywhere. One on one. Me against you,” TJ replied.
JJ then came out with friendlier banter.
“You lost to me on the pickleball court no less than 2 weeks ago,” he replied, ending the conversation.
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