'Thank you, Houston, I love you': JJ Watt announces he is leaving Texans after 10 seasons
JJ Watt made it official Friday morning: he is leaving the Houston Texans after 10 memorable seasons.
In a video on his Twitter account, Watt announced that he approached the McNair Family about being released. He says the two parties mutually agreed to part ways, meaning Watt will hit the free agency market.
“I have sat down with the McNair family, and I have asked them for my release, and we have mutually agreed to part ways at this time,” said Watt.
“I came here 10 years ago as a kid from Wisconsin who hadn’t ever really been to Texas. And now I can’t imagine my life without Texas in it. The way that you guys have treated me – besides draft night, you guys booed me on draft night – but every day after that, you treated me like family. And I truly feel like you’re my family.”
Watt did go on to confirm that he is looking forward to his next opportunity, so it does not sound like he will be retiring at this time:
“I’m excited and looking forward to a new opportunity and I’ve been working extremely hard, but at the same time, it is always tough to move on,” said Watt.
“Thank you, Houston. I love you.”
Houston, I wanted you to hear this directly from me… pic.twitter.com/YqT3P6Lb6l
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 12, 2021
Watt was selected No. 11 overall by Houston in the 2011 NFL Draft. Since that time, he has amassed 101 career sacks, has captured three Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and has been named a five-time All-Pro.
Best of luck to Watt wherever he winds up for 2021 and beyond.