Cardinals GM Steve Keim says he used Blake Shelton to help recruit JJ Watt in Arizona

Mark J. Rebelas / USA Today Sport

JJ Watt told reporters on Tuesday that there were many reasons for him choosing to sign with Arizona Cardinals Having hit a free agency for the first time in his 10-year NFL career. What he did not disclose is the star celebrity that Cardinals General Manager Steve Kim used to sell Arizona for a long time Texas star. Appearing inThe Rich Eisen ShowKim said he used country singer Blake Shelton – plus a handful of other big names – to help recruit Defensive Player of the Year three times.

Keim told Eisen, “When you look back at JJ’s history, the guy was never recruited. (He was) walking downtown Michigan. I think the path he’s taken, maybe it was somewhat exciting for him the number of teams recruiting him. And sure enough I pulled all off. I can. “

Men asked for help: Shelton, Watt’s former classmate in Texas Dee Andre Hopkins, And Impressionist comedian Frank Kalindo.

Nine-time Grammy Award nominee, Shelton has it Cardinals have long promoted his fanbase She celebrated Watt’s signature on Twitter this week. Kim said, “He’s going to make some videos for me” because he’s not a fan of the mild weather … it’s all.

Kalindo, on the other hand? It looks like he’s coached one of Keim’s kids in flag football and lives nearby, so he offered to share.

Kim said, “It is possible that he impersonated John Groden and said that Steve Kim had an interest and made a funny deal.” “He is always ready to help.”

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He helped, he did.

There’s no word yet on whether Watt has upcoming parties in Blake Shelton’s music videos and Frank Caliendo’s comedy specials.

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