Fans react to JJ Watt’s heartfelt message

Former NFL player JJ Watts speaks on the radio row ahead of Super Bowl LVII at the Phoenix Convention Center on February 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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JJ Watt’s NFL career is now in the rear-view mirror after 12 seasons.

He spent 10 years with the Houston Texans and two more with the Arizona Cardinals, and he was a fearsome pass-rusher for both franchises over the years.

Now that he’s retired, he’s had a chance to reflect, and chose to thank his fans for supporting him throughout his career.

Fans on Twitter pointed out not only that he was a great player, but also that he has been a class act.

Like many NFL players past and present, Watt has done plenty of charity, and this fan pointed to his longtime support of the men and women who serve in our military.

While Watt has been doing a lot of charity off the field, on the field he was a terror.

He led the NFL twice in sacks and three times in tackles for loss, which resulted in him receiving three Defensive Player of the Year awards while being voted to the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro first-team five times.

They were a struggling expansion franchise when the Texans drafted them with the No. 11 pick in 2011, but that all changed immediately.

Watt helped lead Houston to the playoffs as a rookie, and was to make five more postseason appearances during his 10 seasons there.

In 2021, he moved to the Cardinals, who finished 11–6 and reached the playoffs in his first year in Arizona after missing the postseason in each of the previous five years.

JJ Watt expresses his gratitude for fans