NFL Star JJ Watt Announces His Retirement After 12 Seasons

NFL defensive end J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals has announced his retirement after a 12-year career.

Watt has won the Defensive Player of the Year award three times in his career.

“Koa’s first ever NFL game,” Watt said of his two-month-old son, Koa James Watt. “My last ever NFL home game.”

He continued, “My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.”

Watt recorded 33 tackles and 9.5 sacks this season.

In October, he needed his heart shocked back into rhythm after his heart went into atrial fibrillation.

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Watt is in his second season with the Cardinals following a 10-year career with the Houston Texans.

The former Wisconsin standout was a first-round pick in 2011 and was dominant from 2012 to 2015, finishing that four-year stretch with 69 sacks to earn all three of his AP Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Watt’s final two games of the season will be against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 8.