J.J. Watt is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers. He was a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time Pro Bowl selection, and is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players of his generation.
Watt was born on March 22, 1989, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Pewaukee High School, where he played football, basketball, and track and field. As a senior, he was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year in football and was also a first-team all-state selection in basketball.
After high school, Watt attended the University of Wisconsin, where he played college football for the Badgers. As a freshman, he played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive end and recorded 20 tackles and two sacks. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and recorded 46 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions. As a junior, he was named a first-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten selection after recording 71 tackles, 21 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
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In 2011, Watt declared for the NFL Draft and was selected by the Houston Texans with the 11th overall pick. He immediately made an impact as a rookie, starting all 16 games and recording 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks. In 2012, he was named a first-team All-Pro after recording 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Texan to win the award.
Watt continued to dominate in the NFL over the next several years, earning Pro Bowl honors in each of the next three seasons and being named a first-team All-Pro in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the second time after recording 78 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. In 2015, he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the third time after recording 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, and eight forced fumbles.
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In 2017, Watt suffered a serious leg injury that caused him to miss most of the season. He returned in 2018 and played in all 16 games, but he was not able to replicate his previous success. In 2019, he played in just eight games due to injury and recorded four sacks.
In 2020, Watt signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent. He played in all 16 games for the Cardinals and recorded 51 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles. In 2021, he signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. He played in all 16 games for the Packers and recorded 50 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles.
On February 12, 2021, Watt announced his retirement from the NFL after a successful career that spanned over a decade. In his career, he recorded 942 tackles, 172 sacks, and 36 forced fumbles. He was a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time Pro Bowl selection, and is widely regarded as one of the best defensive players of his generation.