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JJ Watt is an American professional football player who currently plays for the ‘Houston Texans’.
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Key Facts & Information
CHILDHOOD AND EARLY LIFE
- Justin James Watt was born on March 22, 1989, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, US, to Connie, a building-operations vice president, and John Watt, a firefighter.
- His younger brothers also play in the NFL, both for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Derek is a fullback and TJ plays outside linebacker.
- Before choosing a career in football, JJ played hockey from age 4 to 13.
- He attended Pewaukee High School, and also played basketball, shot put and baseball.
- His high school football earned him the Woodland Conference Player of the Year Award.
- JJ also made it to the first-team ‘All-State’, ‘All-County’, and ‘All-Conference’ selections and was named the team’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) during his senior year.
- Before graduating, JJ Watt accumulated a total of 399 receiving yards, 26 catches, and 5 touchdowns.
- He was regarded as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com
- He received a scholarship from Central Michigan University, and played under coach Butch Jones as a defensive end.
- He only played for a year with 14 games, compiling 77 receiving yards and 8 receptions.
- He then joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he continued to play in the defensive position.
- At the University of Wisconsin, he won the Ronnie Lott Trophy and was the team’s 2010 MVP.
- He finished the same season with 42 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception for 15 yards, nine passes defended, and three fumbles forced.
- By the end of his college days, he was named on the All-Big Ten first-team and the All-American first-team.
- JJ Watt skipped his senior season, entering the 2011 NFL Draft as a top performer in all categories, except the 40-yard dash.
- He was offered a $11.24-million four-year contract by the Houston Texans in July 2011.
- In his rookie season, Watt started all 16 games as the Texans made it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of the franchise.
- This earned him the Texans Team Rookie of the Year.
- He was also named to the ‘USA Today All-Joe Team’ and the ‘Pro-Football Weekly/PWFA All Rookie Team’.
- In 2012, Watt was named his team’s MVP and the ‘AP Defensive Player of the Year’.
- He finished the season with 69 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 20.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.
- In the 2013 season, his team failed to deliver and mostly lost that season but his personal performance was good.
- Watt was named for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl and was a Pro Bowl Captain.
- In 2014, he became the highest-paid non-quarterback of the NFL after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Texans for $100 million.
- He was named to the 2014 ‘All-Pro First-Team’ as a defensive end and made it to the ‘All-Pro Second-Team’ as a defensive tackle and after the season, Watt was named in top spot in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.
- His 2015 season was just as good after earning the title Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time.
- Watt started all 16 games in 2015 making 76 tackles, an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, 8 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
- On July 21, 2016, Watt underwent back surgery for a herniated disc.
- He played until September but was eventually sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery.
- He was injured again the next season.
- In the 2017 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Watt left the game after a leg injury. It was later revealed that he had suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and he was benched for the rest of the season.
- In his 2018 season, Watt became the second player to record four seasons with at least 15 sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.
- He only played 8 games in the next season after a season-ending torn pectoral.
- Watt is married to Kealia Ohai. They exchanged vows on February 15, 2020 in the Bahamas.
- Watt is the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, a charity providing after-school sports opportunities for children in various communities. This foundation’s motto is “Dream Big, Work Hard”.
- Outside football, he has played minor roles in the movie ‘Bad Moms’ and the TV series ‘New Girl’ and ‘The League’.
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