JJ Watt Cardinals
JJ Watt Cardinals
JJ Watt, also known as Justin James Watt is a former defensive end in American football who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Houston Texans and occasionally with the Arizona Cardinals.
JJ Watt Early Life
The son of firefighter John and vice president of building operations Connie, Watt was born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, on March 22, 1989. Derek Watt and T. J. Watt, his two younger brothers, are both NFL players for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With teams that traveled to Canada and Germany, Watt played ice hockey until the age of 13. He attended Pewaukee High School, where he lettered four years in football, along with basketball, softball, track, and field.
After graduating from high school, he received a scholarship offer from Central Michigan University, and he played college football for the Central Michigan Chippewas for a year before moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he played for the Wisconsin Badgers.
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Despite redshirting the 2008 season, he was named the Scout Team Player of the Year for Wisconsin. He played defensive end and made 13 appearances in 2009. During the course of the season, he made 32 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 4.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 5 passes defensed. In the 2010 season, he took part in all 13 games and led the team in tackles for loss, quarterback hurries, blocked kicks, and forced fumbles.
By the end of the season, he had made 42 solo tackles, 20 assisted stops, 21 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 interception for 15 yards, 9 passes deflected, and 3 forced turnovers. Watt chose not to play in his final season and instead joined the 2011 NFL Draft.
JJ Watt Career
With the exception of the 40-yard sprint, he performed exceptionally well at the 2011 NFL Combine. In the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected him with the 11th overall pick. He and the Texans reached an agreement on a four-year, $11.24 million contract on July 31, 2011. Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Texans and Watt agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract agreement. He signed for $30.9 million, and a further $21 million would have been his share if he had made the 2016 roster. This contract makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL based on average yearly compensation.
In March 2021, Watt and the Arizona Cardinals reached a two-year, $28 million contract with a $23 million guarantee. After being placed on injured reserve in November 2021, he was reactivated when the Cardinals were defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round in January 2022. He declared his intention to retire in December 2022, at the end of the current campaign. In his final game, the Cardinals’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he recorded two tackles. He made 39 stops, 18 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and one forced turnover in his final season’s 16 games.
JJ Watt Personal Life
Watt proposed to professional soccer star Kealia Ohai in 2019. In October 2022, Watt and Ohai welcomed a boy. They had been married since February 2020.
JJ Watt net worth
Currently, J.J Watt has a net worth estimated to be $60 million. This includes his assets and career earnings when he was a member of the National Football League.