On this week’s episode of Hard Knocks, we learned that J.J. Watt goes 100 mph all day, everyday. After a long practice in the hot Texas sun, cameras showed Watt practicing pass rushing techniques on a dummy. The fact that he’s able to go that hard all the time is a testament to both his freakish athleticism and insane 9,000-calorie diet.
Watt gave a brief glimpse into just some of the stuff he consumes with ESPN.com (he keeps most of the stuff a secret).
On what he eats for cheat day:
“I love brunch,” Watt said. “Brunch is my favorite meal. I went there, had brunch, had a massive potato pancake omelet, which is an omelet inside a potato pancake. Then I had stuffed French toast with berries and stuff. My cheat meals aren’t even that exciting. That was my cheat meal. The omelet is still pretty darn healthy. The stuffed French toast was the cheat meal, but that was delicious.”
On post-workout meals and Krispy Kreme:
As Watt spoke about his nutritional revelations, he sat on a table in Richmond, Virginia, minutes after practice, still in uniform. He gulped down a chocolate post-workout shake before the interview, and that was only the beginning. That day was actually a cheat day — he’d bought Krispy Kreme donuts for the team to celebrate punter Shane Lechler’s 39th birthday.
So, 9,000 calories is a lot of goddamn food. Here’s how much that is in terms of stuff everyone can relate to.
-16.5 Big Macs
-19 slices of Meat Lovers from Pizza Hut
-47 soft tacos from Taco Bell
-7.5 plates of fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden
You get the idea.
Watt says he forces himself to eat food, and now you can see why. Guy must spend four or five hours eating. Forget a hamstring pull or a blown out knee, a broken jaw is J.J. Watt’s most likely injury in 2015.