JJ Watt tribute: NFL honors Watt on social media following retirement announcement
With NFL legend JJ Watt announcing his retirement at the conclusion of the 2022 NFL season, everyone from players, coaches and celebrities are paying their respects to the all-time great.
The NFL has even changed its social media profiles to show appreciation for Watt. On Twitter, the league changed the background photo to Watt with a message of “Congrats @JJWatt on an incredible career!” in the bio. The NFL Instagram bio also reads “@jjwatt. All-time player. All-time person.”
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 27, 2022
It’s a small way to repay what Watt did in his 12 years in the league but means a lot. Watt has racked up 5 First Team All-Pro honors and 3 Defensive Player of the Year awards. On top of that, he was the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient.
Watt’s 4-year run from 2012-15 is regarded as one of the best stretches of all time by a pass rusher. In that span, he had 69 sacks, which was 18.5 more than the closest player (Justin Houston), and 119 tackles for loss, which was 51 more than the closest player (Lavante David). His 119 career TFLs rank second all-time.
Unfortunately, Watt began to deal with injuries after that historic run, but either way, it was an incredible career.