RENTON, Wash. — This was always the plan for J.J. Watt, to be considered one of the best players in the NFL, even during those months when he was a man without a football home and delivering pizzas to pass the time.
Among the offensive starters the Seattle Seahawks can least afford to lose, left tackle Russell Okung, reliable guardian of a right-handed passer’s blind side, ranks just behind quarterback Russell Wilson.
In the last week of the last regular season of her remarkable 17-year WNBA career, and Tina Thompson still won’t break character. She won’t stop being the great blue-collar superstar of her sport. She won’t relent, even as she’s celebrated, until that last practice free throw falls perfectly through the net.