J.J. Watt has proven to be one of the most electrifying and talented players in the entire NFL. The Houston Texans defensive lineman has won three of the past four Defensive Player of the Year awards, and the word “elite” is basically the only way to really describe Watt’s game. Over his five seasons in the NFL, Watt has 371 combined tackles, 74.5 sacks and 45 passes defensed. Oh, and let’s not forget that the man also played the 2015 NFL season with five torn muscles just scattered across his body.
Simply put, Watt is on another level than almost every other defensive player in the NFL. The good news, is that Watt is just 27 years old, right? So he’ll be around for a while. Well, maybe not so fast.
Garret Heinrich of SportsRadio 610, revealed a shocking interview that Watt had when speaking with Nick Wright and John Lopez on “In The Loop.”
“I don’t have any idea what the answer is,” Watt said when asked if he had an ideal age he’d like to play to. “I’m going to continue to play until I feel like I can’t play at that highest level anymore.
“I can tell you right now that I am not going to be one of those guys that is going to play as long as I possibly can. I have no interest in that. I want to go out there, I want to play at an extremely high level, I want to help my team out and I want to love playing the game and I want to have fun playing the game. I know I don’t plan on playing the game as long as I possibly can. It’s not going to be terribly longer but I am going to play as long as I can enjoy it and have fun.”
Obviously, that’s not a reason for fans to completely lose their mind and freak out that Watt is going to retire tomorrow, because he’s not. What that does mean, is that Watt won’t be around until his mid-to-late 30’s like many other NFL players. He’s already spoken about wanting to coach high school football after his NFL career, and apparently that may happen sooner than we anticipated that it would.