J. J. Watt
American football player
J. J. Watt
Justin James "J. J. " Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Wisconsin. He was drafted 11th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft.
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Yahoo News - 30 days
Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Clowney is expected to be fine, but the surgery is notable since the top overall pick of the 2014 draft had microfracture on his right knee during his rookie season. Clowney stepped up in the absence of injured J.J. Watt and recorded 52 tackles and a career-high six sacks in 14 games en route to being named to the Pro Bowl this season.
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J.J. Watt Is the Biggest Star on the Field---Even When Not Technically on the Field
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
We counted how many times the TV cameras showed the Texans’ star last week. (Note: He wasn’t actually playing football.)
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With J.J. Watt Out, Jadeveon Clowney Is Stepping In
NYTimes - 4 months
Clowney, the top pick in the 2014 draft, has been troubled by injuries the last two seasons. Watt’s absence has given him a chance to shine.
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Texans Coach O'Brien Confirms Watt Is Out for the Year
NYTimes - 5 months
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Friday that star defensive end J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season after back surgery.
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Texans prepare for Titans without Watt
Fox News - 5 months
HOUSTON -- There was need to sugarcoat the harsh reality of what moving forward without All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt will mean for the Texans, both in the short term with their first AFC South game on tap and from the extended view of maintaining their status as a postseason hopeful buoyed by their stout defense.
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Texans Place Star DE JJ Watt on Injured Reserve
ABC News - 5 months
J.J. Watt is out until at least December and possibly for the season with an injured back, leaving the Houston Texans searching for ways to deal with the loss of the NFL's best defensive player
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Houston Texans Superstar J.J. Watt Selling His Modest Texas Home
Fox News - 6 months
J.J. Watt, the All-Pro Houston Texans defensive end, is selling his modest four-bedroom home in Pearland, TX, for $465,000. The post Houston Texans Superstar J.J. Watt Selling His Modest Texas Home appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Saturday's best in college football
ABC News - 6 months
Did you overdo it in Kickoff Week and now you have to mow the lawn or play with the kids? Well, have yourself a nice little Saturday (without college football), we're here for you. Well, you might have missed some of the Saturday action, but it's your lucky game day. Here's everything you need to know. Play of the year of the day Central Michigan shocked Oklahoma State with a combination Hail Mary/hook and lateral. Quote of the day Nick Saban on his sideline discussion -- don't call it an argument! -- with Lane Kiffin: "There are no arguments. Those are called ass-chewings." Watt records first sack Wisconsin's T.J. Watt, younger brother of NFL superstar J.J., records his first sack for the Badgers. Venmo Money, Venmo Problems When one fan showed up in Bristol, Tenn. for College GameDay, he probably didn't imagine how profitable his day would become -- all thanks to a sign and the power.. ...
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List of Five: How J.J. Watt Became a Tom Ford Aficionado
NYTimes - 6 months
The star defensive end for the Houston Texans says game day is fashion day in the National Football League.
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AP Source: Texans Star J.J. Watt Has Back Surgery
NYTimes - 7 months
A person familiar with J.J. Watt's condition said the Houston Texans' star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
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Lindsey Vonn's 'groin' joke makes J.J. Watt squirm
Fox News - 8 months
J.J. Watt didn’t intend to be the highlight of the ESPYs red carpet, but Lindsey Vonn made it happen in the most mortifying of ways.
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Viewers give CMT Music Awards hosts Erin Andrews and J.J. Watt big thumbs down
Fox News - 9 months
Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards was met with heavy criticism for lacking country music.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of J. J. Watt
  • 2015
    Watt was also named to the 2015 Pro Bowl where Cris Carter, team captain of Team Carter, selected Watt to be his captain on defense.
    More Details Hide Details During the game, Watt recorded a fumble recovery and an interception and after the game was named Defensive MVP. Source:
  • 2014
    On November 14, 2014, Watt was nominated for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award that honors either a coach, player, or owner for their efforts in supporting the country’s service men and women.
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    On August 26, 2014, Watt received the Texans Spirit of the Bull Community Award.
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    For his outstanding season, Watt was unanimously named to the 2014 All-Pro First Team as a defensive end and named to the All-Pro second team as a defensive tackle.
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    J.J. Watt's 54th sack On December 28, 2014, Watt had a sack for his first career safety against the Jacksonville Jaguars which gave him 3 sacks on the day and 20.5 on the season, becoming the first player in NFL history to have 20 or more sacks in separate seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Watt also finished the season with a career-high 5 fumble recoveries and 5 touchdowns.
    Watt scored his fifth touchdown on November 30, 2014, catching a one-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Texans quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details With this reception, Watt became the first defensive lineman to have scored at least five touchdowns in a season since 1944. On December 21, Watt recorded his 54th sack as a Texan in a win against the Baltimore Ravens. With that sack, he surpassed Mario Williams as the franchise leader in sacks.
    For his fourth touchdown of the season, Watt caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Texans quarterback, Ryan Mallett, for Mallett’s first career touchdown pass. Watt recorded 4 solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one sack, and one forced fumble in the same game, which was on November 16, 2014, against the Cleveland Browns.
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    In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, on October 9, 2014, Watt forced Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to fumble the ball.
    More Details Hide Details Watt recovered the ball and returned 45 yards for the touchdown.
    Watt scored his second touchdown of the season on September 28, 2014, against the Buffalo Bills.
    More Details Hide Details Watt picked off a pass from Buffalo’s E.J. Manuel that was intended for Fred Jackson, and returned 80 yards for the touchdown. With this touchdown, Watt became tied at sixth for the longest interception return by a defensive lineman. Watt’s touchdown was also the fourth longest interception return in Houston Texans history. During the game, Watt hit Manuel nine times, but was flagged twice for roughing the passer. Watt was fined $16,537 for only one of the incidents. Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
    In a game against the Oakland Raiders, on September 14, 2014, Watt became the first defensive player in Texans history to score a touchdown from scrimmage.
    More Details Hide Details Watt scored the touchdown on a one-yard catch after coming into the game as a tight end.
    Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Houston Texans and JJ Watt agreed to a six-year contract extension, worth $100 million.
    More Details Hide Details Watt received $30.876 million at signing and he will receive $21 million at the start of the 2016 season if he is on the roster. This contract makes him the NFL’s highest paid non-quarterback, based on average yearly salary.
    Watt was named to the 2014 NFL Pro-Bowl and was the Pro-Bowl Captain.
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  • 2013
    In 2013, Watt recorded 65 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, seven passes defensed, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
    More Details Hide Details The Texans, however, had a losing season and finished with a 2-14 record.
  • 2012
    Watt also made the highest debut on NFL Network’s Top 100 list for 2012, coming in at number five.
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    The Texans made the playoffs again in 2012, and Watt recorded six solo tackles, three assisted tackles, two passes defensed, two sacks in two games, and an interception which he returned for a touchdown.
    More Details Hide Details Watt finished the season 2.5 sacks shy of Michael Strahan’s single-season record for sacks, set in 2001. Watt was named to the 2013 NFL Pro-Bowl Team on December 26, 2012. Watt also was named Texans Team Most Valuable Player, USA Football Fundamentals Team, PFW First-Team All-Pro, Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Most Valuable Player, NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, AP First-Team All-Pro, and the AP Defensive Player of the Year. Watt received 49 out of 50 votes for the Defensive Player of the Year award. He is the first Texans player to receive a NFL player of the year award. Watt was the 17th defensive lineman and only the eighth defensive end to receive the award since 1971.
    On November 22, 2012, in a game against the Detroit Lions, Watt recorded three sacks, to give him a total of 14.5, breaking the Texans record for sacks in a season, which was previously held by Mario Williams.
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  • 2011
    Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the week of September 16, 2011, and December 23, 2011.
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    In 2011, Watt started all 16 games and finished the season with 48 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, and five and a half sacks.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, the Texans went to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Watt recorded 11 solo tackles, three assisted tackled, one interception, one pass defensed, and four sacks in two games. Watt was named Texans Team Rookie of the Year, USA Today All-Joe Team, and Pro-Football Weekly/PWFA All-Rookie Team. In 2012, Watt had one of the best seasons for a defensive player in NFL history. Watt finished the season with 69 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
    The Texans signed Watt to a four-year, $11.24 million contract on July 31, 2011.
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    On April 28, 2011, he was selected in the first round by the Houston Texans and was the 11th pick overall.
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    At the 2011 NFL Combine, Watt completed the 40 yard dash in 4.84 seconds, did 34 reps on the bench press, recorded a 37 inch vertical jump and 120 broad jump, completed the three cone drill in 6.88 seconds, and finished the 20 yard shuttle in 4.21 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details Watt was a top performer in all categories, except the 40 yard dash.
    Watt decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2011 NFL Draft.
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  • 2010
    He earned the Ronnie Lott Trophy in 2010, voted AP and Sports Illustrated second-team All- American, All-Big Ten first-team, academic All-Big Ten, and was voted the team’s MVP.
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    In 2010, Watt played in 13 games and led the team in tackles for loss, quarterback hurries, blocked kicks, and forced fumbles.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 42 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception for 15 yards, nine passes defensed, and three fumbles forced.
  • 2009
    In a game against Hawaii on December 5, 2009, Watt had a career-high of two sacks for nine yards, three tackles for loss, six tackles, and one quarterback hurry.
    More Details Hide Details Watt finished the season with 32 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, four and a half sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, and five passes defended. He also earned his first letter.
    In 2009, Watt played in 13 games as defensive end.
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  • 2008
    At the University of Wisconsin, Watt was redshirted for the 2008 season and was named Wisconsin’s Scout Team Player of the Year.
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  • 2007
    On October 27, 2007, in a game against Kent State, Watt had two receptions for 23 yards, a career-high.
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    Watt received a scholarship offer from Central Michigan University and committed there. There, Watt was led to believe he would be scoring touchdowns at his position as tight end. However, after only eight catches and 2007 nearing its end, Watt knew that was not the case.
    More Details Hide Details He was approached by coaches to move to offensive tackle, but this move did not play a role in his leaving, as Watt felt that there was no room for him to grow. He also wanted to move closer to home and play defensive end at Wisconsin, so Watt gave up his starting spot and scholarship to walk-on at the University of Wisconsin. At Central Michigan, he played 14 games, compiled a total of 77 receiving yards and 8 receptions.
    Also a standout in track & field, Watt followed in his father's footsteps and competed in the shot put during his senior season, earning first-team All-state selection. He ended up capturing the state title in the shot put at the 2007 WIAA Division II Championship, setting a new school-record with a throw of 59 ft, 11.5 in (18.28 meters).
    More Details Hide Details Regarded only as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Watt was ranked neither among the top tight end nor among the top defensive end prospects in his class. He was, however, the No. 7 rated prospect out of the state of Wisconsin. After official visits to Central Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota, Watt chose to play for Central Michigan.
  • 1989
    Watt was born on March 22, 1989 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
    More Details Hide Details His parents are John Watt, who is a firefighter, and Connie Watt. Watt’s brothers, Derek and TJ, are both students and football players at the University of Wisconsin. Watt played hockey from the age of four to age 13 and also played for travel teams, which traveled to Canada and Germany. He gave up hockey when weekly games started to conflict with his schedule and also due to the financial burden of the equipment and the need to replace it. Watt also played football throughout his childhood and became passionate about football while he was in fifth grade. Watt attended Pewaukee High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner in football and also lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field. During his senior year, he was selected for first-team All-State. During this time, he became a breakout football player, earning the Woodland Conference Player of the Year Award his senior year, and first-team All-State, All-County, All-Area, and All-Conference selections as tight end and defensive end. He was also named the team’s MVP. During his senior year at Pewaukee High, Watt accumulated a total of 399 receiving yards, 26 catches, and 5 touchdowns.
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