Arizona Cardinals star pass rusher JJ Watt has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2022-23 NFL season. The electric defensive end played most of his NFL career with the Houston Texans but spent the final two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. His decorated career will wrap up after 12 seasons in the NFL. It seems likely that the star pass rusher will one day be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Houston Texans selected Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Koa’s first ever NFL game.
My last ever NFL home game.
My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 27, 2022
In his NFL career, JJ Watt recorded 444 solo tackles, 580 total tackles, 111.5 sacks, 27 forced fumbles, 69 passes defended, 17 fumble recoveries that he returned for 68 yards, and two interceptions that he returned for 99 yards with two defensive touchdowns. In his NFL career, Watt also caught three passes for four yards and three touchdowns on four targets. Watt was one of the most dominant defensive players of his era.
In his amazing NFL career, JJ Watt is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, five All-Pro selections, the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year, and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Watt is also a member of the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. Watt is now a father and can focus on other things in life beyond his football career. We here at Def Pen Sports wish him the best in his next stage of life.