After much speculation, five-time Pro Bowler J.J. Watt has announced he will retire at the end of this season.
Watt broke the news on Twitter, stating he played his final home game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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
There is no question that J.J. will enter the Hall of Fame, as he will go down as one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history.
Not only was Watt one of the best on the field, but he was also beloved by fans across the league because of his outstanding off-field work.
The J.J. Watt foundation has raised over $5 million for after school athletic programs and was a major contributor to the cleanup of Hurricane Harvey. Watt raised over $37 million to help rebuild Houston after the devastating natural disaster.
In total, J.J. played 12 seasons in the NFL, ten with the Texans and two with the Cardinals. During these 12 seasons, he recorded 12 forced fumbles, 445 solo tackles, 111.5 sacks, and 313 QB hits.
Now, he will begin a new adventure in fatherhood as his first child, Koa, was born late in October.
Whatever retirement may bring to the Watt family, the NFL community wishes him the best of luck.