JJ Watt Reportedly Retiring at End of Season

JJ Watt
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 12: J.J. Watt #99 of the Arizona Cardinals is introduced before kickoff against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium on December 12, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

JJ Watt is calling it a career.

Watt wrote on Twitter, Tuesday morning that Sunday’s game would be the last NFL home game in his career. The tweet also stated that it was his son’s first-ever NFL game. In the Christmas Day game, his team lost in overtime.

Over the course of a 12-year career, J.J. Watt has been one of, if not, the best at the defensive end position. He has done some tremendous work on and off the field, and was named the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in the Houston community. He helped raise tens of millions in relief following Hurricane Harvey.

JJ Watt Career

A three-time NFL defensive player of the year, JJ Watt will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was the Texans’ first-round draft pick in 2011, the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2017, a five-time first-team All-Pro, and twice the league leader in sacks.

After an injury-shortened 2021 campaign, Watt has bounced back this season and has recorded 9.5 sacks on the season. He’s also recorded 33 combined tackles for the Cardinals. However, his team is far from making the playoffs and appears to be headed toward a rebuild once again with a 4-11 record. At 33 years old, Watt has played an instrumental role in the Arizona defense.

Earlier this season, he also overcame atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that required his heart to be shocked back into rhythm. Watt, who spent the first 10 years of his career in Houston, will leave the game as one of the defining defensive players of his time. Injuries have plagued him during the second half of his career, forcing him to miss at least half a season four different times. When healthy, however, he’s been one of the steadiest forces off the edge and along the line; his 111.5 career sacks rank 26th all-time. He led the NFL in sacks twice, tallying up a total of 20 takedowns.


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