J.J. Watt to host 'Saturday Night Live' on February 1

Shalise Manza Young
Yahoo Sports Columnist

Continuing his occasional forays into the entertainment world, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will host “Saturday Night Live” on February 1.

The show made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

Watt is the 12th NFL player to host the iconic show, but the first in over seven years: Eli Manning was the last player to host, on May 5, 2012.

Watt has also appeared in the 2016 movie “Bad Moms,” three episodes of the FX show “The League,” and co-hosted the 2016 CMT Music Awards.

The musical guest on the night Watt hosts is country singer-songwriter Luke Combs.

The other NFL-affiliated ‘SNL’ hosts are:

  • Tom Brady, 2005

  • Alex Karras, 1985

  • John Madden, 1982

  • Eli Manning, 2012

  • Peyton Manning, 2007

  • Joe Montana, 1987

  • Walter Payton, 1987

  • Deion Sanders, 1995

  • O.J. Simpson, 1978

  • Fran Tarkenton, 1977

  • Carl Weathers, 1988

On Feb. 1, Houston Texans pass-rusher J.J. Watt will become the 12th NFL player or coach to host 'Saturday Night Live.' (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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