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J.J. Watt -- Mayberry and mayhem

Family helps Texans defensive end stay grounded

Updated: October 28, 2012, 4:20 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

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The firefighter worked in 24-hour shifts. Every time he was dispatched to a call that involved a baby or a little boy, Lt. John Watt would get on the phone afterward and ask his wife, Connie, to put their newborn son on the phone. If the baby was sleeping, John would ask Connie to wake him up. He just needed to hear his child laugh, cry or even breathe, so he could feel better and finish ...

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