J.J. Watt explains his shirtless photo

HOUSTON – It's the shirtless photo that almost broke the Internet.

Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt got a lot of attention over the Memorial Day Weekend after he posted a shirtless photo of himself on social media.

A reporter asked Watt at the Texans OTAs press conference Tuesday about the shirtless photo. You could say he was a little embarrassed while he was trying to explain.

"People are wild on social media. They will literally say almost anything. Man, it's getting hot up here," Watt said.

[See also: Shirtless J.J. Watt featured on Men's Health magazine cover]

Watt said it was just a pool day and that the lighting was just right.

"You know when the light caches you at the right angle?" Watt asked. "You don't  look like that everyday. I guess I was in the right light. I had something close to abs."

Watt's photo on Facebook received close to 6,000 comments and more than 13,400 shares. His tweet generated more than 1,600 retweets and the Instagram post received more than 73,000 likes.

This isn't the first time Watt has shared a shirtless photo on social media.

In January, Watt took a shirtless selfie with an update on his condition after he had surgery.

And in September last year, Watt was featured on the cover of Men's Health Magazine. The photo on the cover was Watt shirtless, once again.