J.J. Watt calls out ex-Rockets guard Austin Rivers over NBA vs. NFL debate

J.J. Watt has mellowed in retirement. The former Houston Texans All-Pro edge rusher is buying soccer clubs, playing softball and slamming greasy burgers in Montrose.

He's also Very Online, sure, but no more so than the rest of us semi-functioning, phone-addled adults.

This is all to say: Watt is enjoying a nice little retirement from professional football, but judging by his recent reaction to some sideways criticism of the league's players, his mind is still very close to the gridiron.

On Tuesday afternoon Watt posted a message to his X account calling out—of all people—former NBA player and one-time Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers. Specifically

Watt took issue with remarks made by Rivers during an appearance on Tuesday's edition of The Pat McAfee Show, where Rivers claimed he could "take 30 players right now in the NBA and throw them in the NFL

Watt disagrees, it appears. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year shared an X post quoting Rivers' remarks, offering a chilly retort for the former-NBA-guard-turned-analyst: "You don't got a job in either right now, go ahead and try it..." Watt wrote.

Now, there's a couple things to note here, the first being J.J. Watt goes on The Pat McAfee Show often to talk smack and dish on his former league.