Particularly when playing for the Houston Texans in the early 2010s, J.J. Watt’s had the potential to be a terrifying presence on the football field, stalking rival quarterbacks with unmatched aggression.
However, the 6-foot-5, 288-pounder might also become a jovial fan favorite by playing catch with young spectators before games on the sidelines. One of the greatest defensive players in NFL history appears to be nearing the end of his playing days.
Three-time AP defensive player of the year Watt announced on social media on Tuesday that he will retire after the current campaign. Watt also wrote that it was Kao’s first NFL game while sharing photographs of his wife and child. My final home NFL game. My heart was overflowing with appreciation and love. it has been a pleasure.
In October, the defensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals and his wife welcomed a child. Their son’s name is Koa. T.J. and Derek Watt, two of Watt’s brothers, play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.
When he played for the Houston Texans in the early 2010s, J.J. Watt had been one of the best defensive players in the NFL. The former Wisconsin star was selected in the first round in 2011 and dominated from 2012 to 2015, concluding that four-year span with 69 sacks, earning all of his AP defensive player of the year honors during that time.
J.J. Watt’s performed admirably in his first season before breaking out as a star in 2012 with amazing 20-12 sacks and tackles for a loss. Prior to two additional strong seasons, his output marginally decreased in 2013. In 2014, he got 212 sacks, and in 2015, he had 17.
In the latter half of his career, J.J. Watt’s stature declined, mostly as a result of injuries. He was absent for extended periods in 2016, 2017, 2019, and.
J.J. Watt – NFL Man Of The Year Award
J.J. watt’s community efforts were unmatched and his unmatched efforts brought more than $40 million for Hurricane Harvey Relief, which earned him the 2017 Walter Payton NFL man of the year award. J.J. Watt gave his first 10 seasons with the Texans and made him the most beloved figure in the city’s sports history.
The Radio sports station 610 tweeted a 30-minute montage of the calls, with a lot of lighter fare such as the Man who planned to name his twins Jay and Jae and another who sang I will always Love you.
But several men sounded as if they were choking back tears or actively weeping during their message and one caller from Texans, thanked Watt for paying for the funerals of the eight students and 2 teachers who died in a school shooting there in 2018.
Watt set Texans franchise records in sacks (101), Quarterback hits (281), tackles for loss(172), and forced fumbles (25).
J.J. Watt On His Retirement
J.J. Watt played some of his best football in Arizona over the past few weeks, with three sacks against the Broncos and two tackles for a loss on Christmas against the Buccaneers.
Watt has played the last two seasons with the cardinals.
J.J. Watts’s retirement is not a sudden announcement. J.J.Watt had a health scare earlier this season when he had to have his heart shocked into a rhythm after going into atrial fibrillation. J.J. Watt still played three days later in Arizona’s win over the Carolina panthers.
J.J. Watt said in October that he talked to cardiologists and electrophysiologists from all over the country. And he was assured multiple times by multiple people that there was nothing else he could do. And he also said that he could play like normal and something could happen the next day or never again in 20 years. So he had believed in himself and he went back to practice on Friday and here we are.
J.J. Watt has two more games this season both on the road against the falcons and 49ers.