Why Is This 11-Second Video of Houston Texan J.J. Watt Going Viral?

Defensive end for the NFL’s Houston Texans J.J. Watt weighs in at nearly 290 pounds and is showing his lighter professional comrades who play ball on a court instead of a field that football players too can gain some air.

An 11-second video of Watt box jumping 59.5 inches as of Friday morning was trending as number one across the nation on YouTube’s Trends Map.

Watch Watt’s jump:

If you don’t think jumping 59.5 inches — nearly five feet — is that impressive for a 6-foot-five-inch guy, there are a couple things to consider:

  1. See how the boxes Watt will jump come up to his chest.
  2. Box jumping isn’t done with a running leap. As described by the American Council on Exercise, a box jump involves starting in a stationary position and then assuming a “downward phase” before exploding upward and landing on the box.
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A sequence of Watt’s perfect form for the tough box jump. (Images: YouTube screenshots)

Doing box jumps is not as easy as it might look. The world record for a standing box jump is held by Kevin Bania for 64.4375 inches.

“Watch out,” Watt says after finishing the jump. NFL pre-season games are already only a couple weeks away, with the first game being held August 4.

The video was taken by Evan Conley who tweeted that it took place in a pre-ESPY workout.

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Based on Watt’s later tweet, it appears that he and Conley had been friends back in high school.

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ESPY Awards are an annual event hosted by ESPN honoring individuals and teams for their athletic performances.

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