J.J. Watt says he always spits at midfield, not disrespecting Pats

As the Texans took the field in Foxborough on Sunday afternoon, someone spotted all-world defensive end J.J. Watt hocking a loogie on the Patriots logo in the middle of the field at Gillette Stadium.

He then wiped his shoe on the spittle, ostensibly as a larger sign of disrespect toward the Patriots and all that their organization stands for. Not so fast, though: Watt says he does this every game, "home or away."

"I do that every game, home or away,” Watt said, via the Houston Chronicle. "I go out to midfield, spit a little bit, wipe my feet off, and I go through my stretch. No drama there. That’s 100 percent what I do every game, home or away."

If it's what Watt does every single game, it's what he does. But it's kind of bizarre that this is the first time someone's noticed that Watt spits on the opposing team's logo and wipes his feet around.

Any time someone disrespects the center of the field in someone else's stadium it usually doesn't sit that well.

And, quick aside, but can you imagine what Roger Goodell (and the Internet) would do if the whole Terrell-Owens-mocks-the-Cowboys-star thing happened today?

Anyway, Watt didn't do anything close to that. But he's making a point to walk out to midfield and spit, and that's treading dangerously close to mocking the other team's logo.

It would probably behoove Watt, going forward, to find a new tradition. Or at the very least just spit on the 40-yard line.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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