Sports world reacts to J.J. Watt retirement announcement

Arizona Cardinals defensive finish J.J. Watt introduced on Tuesday morning that he’s retiring from the NFL when Arizona’s season ends on Jan. 8.

Watt, who was initially drafted by the Houston Texans out of Wisconsin within the 2011 NFL draft, has 111.5 profession sacks — together with 9.5 this season. He’s certainly one of three gamers in NFL historical past, together with Corridor of Famer Lawrence Taylor and Los Angeles Rams defensive deal with Aaron Donald, to win the league’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months award thrice. Watt received the award in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Watt additionally received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the 12 months Award in 2017 for his work to assist Houston recuperate from injury throughout Hurricane Harvey.

Professional soccer participant Kealia Ohai, whom Watt married in 2020, tweeted to congratulate her husband. Watt’s brother, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt shared the emotional Michael Scott meme.

Watt was an All-American for the Wisconsin Badgers and led the group to the 2010 Rose Bowl.

Others from across the sports activities world congratulated Watt for his exceptional profession.