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Watch: NFL Star So Moved By National Anthem He Hugs The Boy Who Sang It

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There aren’t many things that can move 6′ 5″, 290 lb. defensive end J.J. Watt. Physically, anyhow.

Emotionally, the All-Pro Houston Texans player may have met his match.

The man best known for his crushing tackles and explosive take down of NFL quarterbacks, was so moved by a 12-year-old’s version of the national anthem at a Houston Rockets playoff game that he had to leave his seat, run on the court, shake the boy’s hand, and give him a hug.

Via The Blaze:

Before the Houston Rockets took on the Dallas Mavericks for game two of the opening round of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday, 12-year-old Nicholas Connors stepped up to the mic to sing the national anthem — and he absolutely crushed it.

His rendition was so amazing that Houston Texans star J.J. Watt actually had to leave his seat to give him a hug and congratulate him.

The look on Connors’ face after he realized who had just rushed the court to meet him was priceless.

Incredibly, Connors’ mother said the 12-year-old was suffering with tonsilitis during this performance.

“Not his best performance but awesome for pushing through!” she wrote on Facebook.

Take a look at what is considered ‘not his best performance’ below…

“Nick singing at game 2 for the Houston Rockets, he has tonsillitis and almost managed to make it through without a squeak, not his best performance but awesome for pushing through! Way to go Nick!”

Posted by Andrea Connors on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As for Watt, he would later seek out help from his Twitter followers in the hopes of getting in touch with Nicholas.

In the meantime, here is a memory the 12-year-old will likely never forget. The look on his face when he realizes who has run out to give him a hug is absolutely epic.

Judging by the pictures posted on Facebook, Nicholas and his mother were already big Houston Texans fans. So the hug from J.J. Watt meant just that much more.


So what did you think of Nicholas Connors’ performance and the reaction of Houston Texan, J.J. Watt?