By Michael Sudhalter
“JJ is a beast, and he commands respect,” Schneider said. “Off the field, he’s very much into his charity work and an all-around good guy.”
But Schneider – nominated and selected as Fort Bend’s Biggest Texans Fan – has followed the team long before Watt came to town in 2011. As the Texans Biggest Fan in Fort Bend, she’ll be presented a Watt jersey.
“I started watching the team in 2002 – I didn’t want to be a Cowboys fan after the Oilers left,” Schneider said.
Like many of her fellow Houstonians, Schneider endured some lean years before the Texans finally clinched their first playoff spot in 2011.
“At the beginning, we had some really good players, but they weren’t cohesive as a team,” Schneider said.
Schneider, who works as an Energy Lender for Amegy Bank (the Official Bank of the Houston Texans) considers Watt and former Texans Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels to be among her favorite players.
“I was heartbroken and sad when Andre left for Indianapolis,” Schneider said.
Following the Texans has been a cathartic part of Schneider’s life at times.
Her best friend and fellow Texans fan, Lisa, was diagnosed with Cancer a few years ago. Lisa is now cancer-free.
The friends made it a point to meet and watch the game every Sunday to take their mind off Lisa’s Chemotherapy.
“That was something fun to do during the hard times,” Schneider said.
Schneider likes other sports, but not like Texans Football. She made an exception and watched softball last May.
To be clear, it was the JJ Watt Celebrity Classic at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
And she was ecstatic after Watt signed her doll. She hopes to continue going to the Celebrity Classic as it moves to Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Looking forward to Saturday’s AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, Schneider said it could be Space City’s playoff revenge against Kansas City.
Last October, the Astros were on the brink of eliminating the Kansas City Royals in the American League playoffs. The Royals staged a comeback, and went on to win their first World Series in 30 years.
Schneider’s prediction for Saturday’s showdown?
Houston 17, Kansas City 14.
What makes Wendy Schneider Fort Bend’s Biggest Texans Fan?
– Texans-themed home’s décor
– Texans coffee mugs
– Collection of collectible Texans cups and 3-D image posters from the gas station
– Texans wardrobe
– Extensive knowledge of Texans players and stats
– Dog, JJ, and cats Cush and Coach O’Brien
– Fish, “Bluuuuuuuue” (don’t even try to just call him Blue)
– Three separate people gave her the recently released JJ Watt magazine for Christmas
– The sweet twinkle in her eye when she was at Watt’s Celebrity Softball Classic game – and all the strength it took to hold her composure when JJ high-fived her in the stands. She really wanted to do was act like it was Beatlemania
– JJ Watt towel that she only uses before special dates for good luck
– Signed JJ doll
– Backup JJ doll (in case JJ Watt The Dog gets a hold of JJ Watt The Doll and slobbers on poor JJ)
– her Texans bumper sticker
– the sweet prayer she says every night before a game asking for victory and player safety.