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Be it Googling "what do rich people buy?" after signing a big contract or freaking out while meeting Jennifer Aniston, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt is very much a man of the people.

Now he's helping out with pregnancy announcements -- or at least that of Marcella Burke, a law clerk for Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

On Thursday, Willett posted the following to Twitter:

It's safe to say Mrs. Burke was not caught off-guard.

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In the crowd to watch the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Duke Blue Devils in Monday's national championship game were two rather decent NFL players:

One was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the Wisconsin native, former Badger and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year who took in the game alongside tennis player Caroline Wozniacki:

JJ WattPhil Ellsworth/ESPN

The other? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who watched with actress/girlfriend Olivia Munn (not pictured):

Aaron Rodgers Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

If you don't believe Rodgers, who played at California, can be a Badgers fan, here is what he had to say about that (note: red refers to rival Stanford's colors):

That's some pretty hefty football firepower behind the basketball Badgers. Who's No. 1?

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According to J.J. Watt, one young fan named Trey was having trouble proving to his schoolmates that he was friends with the Houston Texans' star defensive end. So Watt made this video:

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J.J. Watt's 2012 season was one for the ages -- he had 20.5 sacks and an astounding 16 passes defended as opposing quarterbacks quailed at the site of him across the line of scrimmage. His stats this season aren't quite as good, but they still place him in the running for the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Has he had a better season than the likes of Robert Mathis or Richard Sherman? Submit your rankings!

Defensive Player of the Year

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict

Bengals LB
151 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble

Lavonte David

Lavonte David

Buccaneers LB
126 tackles, 9 pass defenses, 6 sacks, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers LB
122 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 sacks

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis

Colts DE
49 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Rams DE
46 tackles, 15 sacks, 7 forced fumbles

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks CB
34 tackles, 6 INTs

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks FS
93 tackles, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans DE
69 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 6 pass defenses, 3 forced fumbles

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AFC South Preview -- 2013

J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans cruised to the AFC South title last season, but not everything was rosy; after an 11-1 start, the team lost four of six -- including 41-28 to the New England Patriots in the divisional round. Will Houston build on last season? Or will the Indianapolis Colts take over?

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Which team will win the AFC South?

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  • Will the Texans make a Super Bowl with their current core?

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  • Is J.J. Watt the best defensive player in football?

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  • Who is the best quarterback in the AFC South right now?

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  • Will the Colts make the playoffs this season?

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  • Will Maurice Jones-Drew be an elite running back again?

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  • Which franchise is in better shape?

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