Defensive end JJ Watt, one of the best in NFL history, announced his retirement from the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year stated that Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime (19-16) was his “last ever” home game.
Watt tweeted, “My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It was my great pleasure to work with you. On Sunday the Arizona Cardinals will travel to face the Atlanta Falcons and on January 8 they will draw head west to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals tweeted, “The pleasure was all ours.” In 2028, Watt will be eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his reputation as a powerful pass rusher.
The 33-year-old is tied for third all-time with Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams and Lawrence Taylor by the New York Giants for most Defensive Player of the Year awards in NFL history.
The NFL says the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft went to the Houston Texans, where he spent the first 10 seasons of his career and was named to the All-Pro team seven times and to the Pro Bowl five times.
He finished his career with 101 sacks, which is a new Texan record. A free agent, Watt agreed to play for the Cardinals for two years in March 2021. Off the field, Watt has made quite a name for himself.
When Hurricane Harvey Reaching the Houston area and the rest of the Gulf Coast in August 2017, Watt embarked on what would become his most significant charitable endeavor to date. Watt, with the support of his celebrity friends and a YouCaring campaign, has raised nearly $37 million for those affected by Harvey’s flooding and devastation.
He was awarded the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in recognition of his fundraising and other charitable and volunteer work on behalf of the National Football League.
T. J. Watt and Dirk Watt are both NFL players for the Pittsburgh Steelers. All three Watt brothers participated in the football program at the University of Wisconsin. Atrial fibrillation, which causes a “quiver,” “flutter,” or “flip-flop” of the heart, is a condition JJ Watt disclosed in a social media post earlier this season.
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