J.J. Watt Coming Through For Sports Bettor Who Lost On Bad Call

Sometimes it pays to tag an NFL star on Twitter when complaining about a bad beat
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Toward the end of the first half of the Rams-Cardinals game on Sunday, J.J. Watt appeared positioned for a scoop-and-score touchdown — if the officials called the play correctly. Rams quarterback John Wolford was hit and coughed up the ball, but a ref’s whistle blew it dead, ruling it an incomplete pass, before Watt could run the ball into the end zone.

The call was overturned on replay. It was deemed a fumble, Cardinals’ ball, but it couldn’t be advanced from where Watt picked it up.

And while this missed opportunity for Watt didn’t end up having an effect on the outcome of the game — the Cards topped the Rams 27-17 — it did have a profound impact on at least one sportsbook user who had a three-leg parlay that included a Cardinals defensive score.

Twitter user JReyes192 — he goes by Joey Lays — is a 26-year-old Arizona Cardinals fan since “the day he can remember.” And he put down $27.77 on a same-game parlay on FanDuel Sunday that included the Cardinals moneyline, James Conner anytime touchdown, and the defensive score. (Side note: The editorial staff at US Bets retroactively finds this to be a pretty sharp wager for an SGP.)

The bet didn’t hit, but only because of the missed call. So Joey Lays did what any reasonable person would do: He tweeted at Watt.

“I was thinking he’s probably not going to reply, and of course he does, saying, ‘Send me your address, I got you,’” Lays told US Bets Monday night. “He just messaged me again about 30 minutes ago saying be on the lookout in the next few days.”

Lays — who just started his own equipment rental business, Rocking L Rentals (why not give the kid a cheap plug, he just missed out on $1,000) — is also a huge sports memorabilia collector, and thinks a “signed jersey would be awesome” from Watt.

Watt to the rescue

Watt is no stranger to feel-good stories; he’s the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which provides after-school opportunities for children. 

Additionally, in 2011, a trio of children lost their parents in an auto accident, and two of the children were confined to wheelchairs after the accident. Watt met them at a fundraiser and befriended them, and went on to perform a sack celebration — agreed upon well beforehand — in which he mimed being in a wheelchair.

Watt also raised over $37 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and he is also the recipient of the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

And while helping out a sports bettor who got burned by a bad call pales in comparison to Watt’s other works, it’s certainly an objectively cool move. 

Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY

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