After a few serious injuries over the past couple seasons, it was looking like J.J. Watt was headed for retirement. But after some careful consideration, and a healthy offseason so far, Watt has decided that he wants to continue playing football.
Watt has had to overcome huge hurdles in order to stay in the NFL. Each of the last two off seasons saw Watt rehabbing serious injuries. But in 2019, Watt is healthy and working on his game. Because of his recent good health, the defensive end has changed his tune on retirement.
Two years ago, Watt had just had back surgery. A year later, he shattered his leg, midseason. But now, Watt is going into the summer feeling as good as ever.
Watt is a guy who truly loves football, so he couldn’t be happier to add a couple more seasons to his career. Watt wasn’t mandated to be in Houston for the offseason but he’s been going to the Texans’ training facilities almost every day.
Last year was Watt’s first full season since 2016 and he definitely made the most of it. He finished the season, second in sacks, only to the Rams defensive tackle, Aaron Donald, the highest ranked defensive player in the league, by most experts’ rankings. Watt also had 25 quarterback hits and 18 tackles for a loss.
Coming off one of his best seasons ever, it’s no wonder that Watt wants to keep playing. It seems that even as he ages, he only gets better. The Houston coaching staff says that Watt’s contribution goes far beyond what he does on the field. He’s a role model for the younger guys. He’s one of the most recognized faces on the Texans and one of the team leaders. Coaches and fans alike sure got lucky that Watt has been healthy as of late, and plans to be back for another season in Houston.