Former Badgers legend and current Arizona Cardinals Defensive End JJ Watt has announced that he will be retiring after the end of the season.
The Cardinals are eliminated for the postseason with a 4-11 record currently, and Watt will play out the final two games against the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers before calling it a career. Watt has been special in his 12 year playing career, posting a statline of 111.5 sacks and 580 tackles with 27 forced fumbles. He received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award three times and was a five time All-Pro and Pro Bowler.
Watt was a walk on for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2008-2010 who eventually earned his way to a starter. Watt recorded 21 Tackles for Loss and 7 Sacks in the 2010 season, as he lead the Badgers to a 10-2 overall record and an appearance in the Rose Bowl versus the TCU Horned Frogs.
Koa’s first ever NFL game.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 27, 2022
My last ever NFL home game.
My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.
Watt will be eligible for the 2028 Hall of Fame.