J.J. Watt may be the toughest person on the planet, and at the very least he’s the toughest player in the NFL.

Not only is he one of the best players on the field, but he’s a warrior in between the chalk lines as well. Case in point? Last weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the star defensive end had to leave Houston’s game with a “finger injury.” It turns out, the bone in his finger had busted through the skin, but according to Watt, that was no big deal. In fact, he kept on playing.

Here’s what he said:

“I messed up my finger a little bit, but other than that my body felt fine. Just busted the bone through the skin. Nothing bad, just tape it up,” Watt said.

Watt recently provided a bit more analysis to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, though it’s worth noting that he doesn’t look any weaker for talking about his injury. In fact, his quotes just confirm that he’s one tough dude.

Basically, what Watt is saying is that unless his finger is completely ripped away from his body — aka amputation — he’s not going to stop playing the game of football.

Mind you, most normal people would be on the ground bawling like a little baby if they saw their finger bone popping up through the skin, but not Watt. Unless he suffers a catastrophic life-changing injury, he’s not coming out of the game.

It’s tough to look down on a player like Watt, especially when considering how much money he’d still make even if he was sitting on the bench.

He’s the type of player who plays for the love of the game, and he’s obviously intent on doing everything he can to help his team win.

Fingers be damned, he wants to play football. He’s basically The Black Knight from Monty Python:

Toughest player in the NFL had the best response after “busting” a bone that stuck through the skin Bob Levey/Getty Images
Andrew has been a sports writer since 2010, featured on Bleacher Report, 247Sports, Fansided and elsewhere. His work has also been seen on MSN, Forbes and in the LA Times. Andrew coached high school football for five years and writes about football, and just about anything, for Fanbuzz.
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