Why JJ Watt quickly returned to the NFL after an ’emotional’ health scare

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He is back on the field.

JJ Watt, the NFL’s three-time defensive player of the year, faced a health issue last week when his heart went into atrial fibrillation, which causes an irregular and often very rapid heartbeat, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The 33 year old player tweeted that doctors brought his heart back to normal on Thursday. Three days later, he took the field for his 138th straight NFL game.

During the post-match press conference, Watt spoke about his difficult week. “Obviously it’s been a very emotional week for my family, for my wife, for myself,” he said, appearing to hold back tears. “So I’m very happy to get a win today. Obviously I had a lot of emotions, but I learned to appreciate the little things even more, so it’s good to have a win. today.”

Watt has more than his storied career to consider. He and his wife, a pro footballer Kealia Ohai, are expecting their first child, a boy, this month. “For months we looked at ultrasounds of our little boy, and then on Thursday we looked at an ultrasound of my heart,” the Arizona Cardinal defensive back said at the press conference. “It was very hard.”


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