NFL: Watt announces his retirement by the end of the season

TEMPE.- JJ Watt may have had a terrifying presence on the pitch football of the nflhunting down opposing quarterbacks with a ferocity rarely seen, particularly in the 2010s, with the Texans from houston.

By contrast, Watt was a fan favoritewith whom he was friendly. He used to throw a few touchline passes to the guys in the stands before games.

Now, one of the best defensive players in NFL history looks set to end his career.

Three times named The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, Watt announced Tuesday that he will retire at the conclusion of the campaign.. The 6-foot-5, 288-pound (1.95-meter, 130-kilogram) defensive end posted pictures of his wife and his baby Koa on social media.

“It was Koa’s first NFL game and my last home game. My heart is only filled with love and gratitude,” she wrote. “It has been an absolute honor and a pleasure”.

The member of the defensive line of the Cardinals and his wife Kealia became parents in October

Watt, 33, was among the NFL’s top defensive players in the early 2010s with the Houston Texans. After a brilliant collegiate career with Wisconsin, he was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft and looked dominant from 2012 to 2015.

He finished that four-year stretch with a staggering 69 sacks.to take all three of his AP Defensive Player of the Year awards.

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Though he’s looked solid since his rookie season, It wasn’t until 2012 that he became a star., with 20 1/2 sacks and 39 tackles that generated loss of yardage. Production of it dropped slightly in 2013, before two other big campaigns.

He racked up 20 and a half sacks in 2014, as well as 17 and a half in 2015.

The injuries resulted in his numbers deteriorating during the last half of his career. He missed large stretches of the 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021 seasons, but his career was revived with the Cardinals – His 9 1/2 sacks this season are his best stat since 2018.

Watt spent his first 10 seasons with the Texans. He left in 2021 as one of the most beloved figures in the city’s sports history. His outreach initiatives for the community were unparalleled. Raised over $40 million to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Sports Radio 610, the Texans’ flagship radio station, set up a hotline to receive farewell messages addressed to Watt. He then tweeted a selection of the calls, in a 30-minute archive.

Watt set Texans records for sacks (101), tackles for loss (172), quarterback hits (281) and caused fumbles (25).

Cardinals and Watt have two games left this seasonboth visiting, against Atlanta and San Francisco.

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