One of the NFL’s best budding rivalries is between one of the league’s best defensive players and a second-year quarterback.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger have developed a little beef during the quarterback’s short time in the league. It all began this past season, when Watt chirped Mettenberger for, of all things, taking a selfie.
Watt used a selfie celebration after sacking Mettenberger in October and then doubled down when asked about the taunt.
“It’s one of those things where their quarterback posted a few selfies this week, including one before the game,” Watt said after that game. “It’s just kind of a reminder that this is the NFL, not high school. So welcome to the show.”
Well, it appears Mettenberger hasn’t forgotten about that. In an interview with Campus Sports Net, the QB got in a little dig at Watt, as he recalled the time Watt and the Texans wore varsity jackets to a game against the New England Patriots (a game New England won 42-10, by the way).
“J.J. had to say it’s a bit high schoolish that I take selfies, and I think he still rags me on Instagram every time he posts a selfie,” Mettenberger said in the interview. “At the same time, if that’s high schoolish, he got a letterman jacket made — a Texans letterman jacket.
“That’s pretty high schoolish to me, don’t you say?”
Watt responded with, of course, a tweet Wednesday morning.
A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep. Time to attack the day.—
JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 08, 2015
You can see the full interview below — at least until the video is pulled from YouTube for including game highlights.
Thumbnail photo via Nov 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) throws in the pocket under pressure from Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) in the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mettenberger was injured on the play. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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