Emotional JJ Watt surprised by farewell messages from family, NFL greats ahead of final game
JJ Watt could not help but get emotional after watching a tribute video prepared ahead of his final NFL game.
Hard Knocks was filming during a team meeting when defensive coordinator Vance Joseph announced the team had something to show Watt. A video then played that began with Watt’s brother, TJ, congratulating JJ on his retirement and thanking him for being a role model.
Other teammates and opponents were then featured, including Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Dak Prescott, and Tom Brady among others.
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As the tribute continued, there were guest appearances from Watt’s other brother Derek, his parents, and his wife and young son.
Watt became more emotional as the video progressed, reminiscing on a Hall of Fame-level career.
Before starring in the NFL, Watt was a First-Team All-American for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2010. Watt would go on to be selected by the Houston Texans, where he would play from 2011-2020. Watt spent the last 2 seasons of his career playing for the Arizona Cardinals, joining Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins.
Watt holds the Texans’ record for sacks in a career, collecting 101 during his tenure.