Justin James Watt retires from the professional elite

Justin James Watt, star defenseman for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and future Hall of Famer, announced Tuesday his Retired at 33 years of age.

“My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. He has been a absolute honor and a pleasure, this has been my last game at home”, wrote JJ Watt as a farewell, in a message on his social networks.

The publication refers to the party of the week 16 of the 2022 season last Sunday in which the wing participated in the Cardinals 16-19 overtime loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which Watt had six tackles.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection He accompanied the publication on his Twitter with a photograph in which he appears with his wife, while he has his son in his arms.

JJ Watt came to the NFL drafted in the first round of the 2011 Draft by the Houston Texansa team with which he spent 10 seasons, of which he stood out in 2012 and 2014, with 20.5 quarterback sacks in each one, and that of 2015, with 17.5, in which he was awarded as the Best defense in the league.

passed to the Arizona Cardinals in 2021, team in which it is sack leader in this campaign with 9.5 and with which this season will end on January 7, 2023.

The withdrawal of three times Defender of the Year occurs after at the end of last September it was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, which is a type of arrhythmia or abnormal heartbeat.

throughout their 12 years of career, the one born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, accumulated 580 total tackles, 444 solo and 111.5 quarterback sacks in 149 games played.

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In addition to his quality on the pitch, JJ Watt also stood out for his social work for the community, for which he received the award Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2017 for helping to raise more than $37 million in relief after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas in 2017.

The defense has left two games with the Cardinals, that they are already eliminated from the ‘playoffs’, both as visitors. The first will be before the atlanta falcons next Sunday and the last one against the san francisco 49ers on Saturday, January 7, 2023.

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