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Their love of sports was borne on the cul de sac in front of their house and on the grass fields behind it.
The work ethic was instilled by their firefighter father and work-her-way-up-the-company-ladder mother.
Their competitiveness? That came by way of an elderly woman over sips of cranberry juice-and-Sprite.
“She put it in a special glass,” J.J. Watt said of his late great-grandmother, “and then we’d all sit around the kitchen table and play rummy together.”
For Watt and his brothers, T.J. and Derek, the special beverage – served in “little sippy cups,” said Derek – was the only sweet part of the ritual from the sweet woman who died in 2019 at 101 years old.
Turns out, the late Sophie Musial’s congeniality belied a merciless assassin, willing to figuratively bowl over even her own great-grandsons en route to rummy…