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Football season may be over, but J.J. Watt still found a way into one Houston family’s home this weekend.
The Texans defensive end personally delivered a pizza to a super-fan, Houstonian Wayne Lominac, at his Ellington-area home on Saturday afternoon as part of a Papa John’s Houston contest.
“On game day, when you’re playing, you don’t really realize exactly how passionate these fans really are,” Watt said. “To come out and see Wayne and his family and see how passionate they really are makes me want to work that much harder, play that much harder.
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Lominac, a fan of all Houston sports who watches Texans games from his custom “man cave,” was the grand prize winner of a Papa John’s promotional contest called “J.J. Delivers.” Anyone who ordered a pizza from a Houston location of the chain on Fridays during the Texans’ season was automatically entered to win.
Each Friday throughout the season, Watt called a weekly winner to invite them to an end-of-season pizza party. Of those 18 winners, Lominac was chosen to host J.J. himself for a free pizza party at his home.
“Especially in the middle of the season, especially this last one, with everything going on, still doing the calls and hearing from fans even though I was out, hearing their support was really cool,” Watt said after meeting with the Lomniac family and friends.
According to Watt and friends and neighbors who watched from nearby, Lominac’s home sports a Texans-themed “man cave.” Ten guests were allowed to join Lominac to host Watt for the at-home pizza party.
“He’s got that competitive nature being a pro football player, but he’s just a very nice young man,” Lominac said. “You can just tell. He’s very humble, very nice, very respectful.”
As Watt left the family’s home, he greeted about two dozen fans and signed a few mementos before loading up in a Papa John’s vehicle.
One fan, Jan Connolly, was more than happy after Watt signed two paintings she brought along just for that purpose.
“Finally!” Connolly said. “I don’t have to carry these around for three whole seasons anymore.”
She said she hopes to auction one of the paintings to raise funds for an organization for which she volunteers, the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Houston chapter. Watt said his biggest takeaway from the visit was wanting to get back on the field.
“Thanks for giving me that motivation, man,” he said to Lominac. “I appreciate it.”
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