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 declared Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime (19-16) was his “final ever” home game.
Watt tweeted, “My heart is full with nothing but love and thankfulness. It has been my great pleasure to work with you. On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals will travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons, and on January 8, they’ll head west to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals tweeted, “The delight 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 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 the Pro Bowl five times.
He finished his career with 101 sacks, which is a new Texans record. Watt, a free agent, agreed to play for the Cardinals for two years in March of 2021. Off the field, Watt has made quite a name for himself.
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region and the rest of the Gulf Coast in August 2017, Watt began what would become his most significant charity effort to date. Watt, with the support of his renowned friends and a YouCaring campaign, raised almost $37 million for those affected by Harvey’s flooding and destruction.
The 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award was bestowed upon him in recognition of his fundraising and other charitable and voluntary work on behalf of the National Football League.
T.J. Watt and Derek Watt are both NFL players for the Pittsburgh Steelers. All three of the Watt brothers participated in the football programme at the University of Wisconsin. Atrial fibrillation, which causes a “quiver,” “flutter,” or “flip-flop” of the heart, is a condition that JJ Watt disclosed in a social media post earlier this season.