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J.J. Watt of Arizona Cardinals Announces Retirement From NFL

28 December 2022, Wednesday
J.J. Watt's prolific career of 12 years is coming down to the final two games, which are both away fixtures against the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. His numerous accomplishments throughout his career have earned him a well-deserved spot as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, having joined an esteemed list with only two other members in Aaron Donald and Lawrence Taylor as the only three players to get named Defensive Player of the Year three times.

J.J. Watt is a professional football player who achieved a considerable amount of success in his career. Watt has won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards while playing for the Houston Texans between 2012 and 2015. The Texans selected him 11th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft after playing college football at the University of Wisconsin.

Watt is now entering his 11th season in the NFL, having signed with the Arizona Cardinals prior to the 2021 season after having spent his first 10 years in the league with the Texans. Watt is part of an NFL playing family, making him one of three Watt brothers to make it to the top level of professional football. 

Koa, the firstborn of Watt, came into the world in October. Right before the end of September, Watt underwent a procedure to reset the rhythm of his heartbeat due to him experiencing atrial fibrillation and was back playing just a few days later.

In the NFL's career list, Watt stands at the 26th place due to his 111.5 sacks since 1982, which is the time when the statistic has been officially tracked. He is also the only player to have achieved 20-plus sacks in multiple seasons (2012, 2014).

Since he was chosen in the 2011 draft, J.J. Watt holds the top spot for batted passes and is second in fumble recoveries with only three other players - Von Miller, Cameron Jordan and Chandler Jones - having more sacks than him. Additionally, he has 28 contests where he earned two or more sacks, five more than any other player since 2011, as reported by ESPN Stats Information.

J.J. Watt, currently playing at the ripe age of 33 and holding the record for career sacks in the Houston Texans franchise with 101, has achieved a feat no other player has done since 1982: having four seasons in which he has racked up at least 15 sacks. This accomplishment has been matched only by Hall of Famer Reggie White, who had five. Watt is one of four players in history to boast a career tally of 100 sacks and five touchdowns, further cementing his legacy as one of the greats.

J.J. Watt has had an impressive season on the field. Among the 48 players with at least 10 pass breakups this season, Watt leads all of them with 28 pressures and is tied with Daron Payne for most sacks with 9.5.

Off the field, Watt's impact is just as impressive. His foundation was started in 2010 while he was still in college, and has since raised $6.7 million, far surpassing his initial goal of $100,000. His most successful fundraising campaign to date came in 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, when his foundation raised over $37 million to distribute to victims, way above his initial goal of $200,000.
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