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For J.J. Watt, goal — however unlikely — remains the same: ‘Bring a championship to the city of Houston’

GREEN BAY — Joe Thomas can empathize. Even though J.J. Watt has had it better than he did.

“At least J.J. has been to the playoffs,” the self-deprecating Thomas quipped. “So you won’t see me crying in my cheese curds for him. Try going 1-31 over two seasons!”

Yes, the two former University of Wisconsin stars and state natives both built Pro Football Hall of Fame-worthy careers while playing for organizations that never achieved the ultimate team success.

In Thomas’ case, he played 11 NFL seasons at left tackle with the Cleveland Browns and never even made the playoffs.