2022-12-27 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
J.J. Watt

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NFL quarterbacks rejoice, as you will no longer be terrorized by one of the most dominant defensive linemen over the past decade.
J.J. Watt officially announced his retirement on Twitter Tuesday after a career which has spanned 12 seasons.
Watt with his family

J.J. Watt's Twitter @JJWatt

Watt has been a nightmare for offensive lines to contain, posting 111.5 sacks since entering the league in 2011, the fourth-most among players who began their pro careers at that time, behind Chandler Jones (112), Cameron Jordan (112.5), and Von Miller (123.5).
The native of Wisconsin also has 28 games with at least two sacks, five more than anyone else since 2011, according to ESPN Stats and Information Research.
Arguably the most outstanding defensive player of his generation, Watt may go down as the most impactful player in the history of the Houston Texans, who drafted him in the first round 11 years ago, with the five-time Pro Bowler going on to register a franchise record for sacks with them (101) before signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
He’s one of four players to have 100 career sacks and five touchdowns, while he also had four seasons with at least 15 sacks, something only one other NFL legend has bested, Watt’s childhood hero, the late Reggie White.
Among the 48 players with at least 10 pass breakups this season, Watt leads them all with 28 pressures, while the 33-year-old is tied with Daron Payne for the most sacks at 9.5.
While Watt brought a lot to the game on the field, he has done a tremendous amount of work off the field as well, raising $6.7 million for his charity, the Justin J. Watt foundation, which began in 2010 with the goal to “Dream Big and Work Hard”.
Watt also raised more than $37 million to help people in Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey, donating $100,000 out of his own pocket, while he covered the funeral costs for the victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade attack last year, a tragedy which left six people dead.
He was recognized for his charitable endeavours in 2017 when he was chosen as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, an award that honours one’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact along with excellence on the field.
Only he, Aaron Donald and Lawrence Taylor have ever been named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions.
The likely first-ballot Hall of Famer has two more games before his illustrious career officially ends, with the Cardinals travelling to Atlanta this week to face the Falcons and then wrapping the campaign at Levi’s Stadium versus the San Francisco 49ers.
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