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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The Latest: J.J. Watt wins Walter Payton Man of Year Award
ABC News - 18 days
Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt has won the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
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Houston Texans star J.J. Watt sends soldiers in Afghanistan a pair of his shoes
Yahoo News - 27 days
J. J. Watt sent a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan a pair of his shoes after one of the soldiers tweeted to him about it.
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The NFL's Injury Catastrophe
Wall Street Journal - 2 months
Carson Wentz is the latest high-profile NFL star to go down—in a year in which Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson and Richard Sherman have already been lost for the season.
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NFL star reveals how $37 million will be distributed to Hurricane Harvey victims
ABC News - 4 months
J.J. Watt began raising money in August.
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Texans star J.J. Watt breaks left leg in loss to Chiefs
CBS News - 5 months
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J.J. Watt Raises A 'Surreal' Amount Of Money For Harvey Victims
The Huffington Post - 5 months
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On Pro Football: This Is the Greatest N.F.L. Rookie Class Since ... Last Year
NYTimes - 5 months
Kareem Hunt, T.J. Watt and Leonard Fournette all impressed in their N.F.L. debuts. Does that mean anything?
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JJ Watt gets hero's welcome at Houston Texans' season opener
Fox News - 5 months
J.J. Watt —  Houston Texans defensive end and new American icon —  was greeted with a hero’s welcome as he was introduced before his team’s season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
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With a $20 million fund in his sights, JJ Watt delivers relief to Texas' Harvey victims - Washington Post
Google News - 6 months
Washington Post With a $20 million fund in his sights, JJ Watt delivers relief to Texas' Harvey victims Washington Post The little online fund that Houston Texans star J.J. Watt started a week ago is chugging along with $20 million in its sights and Watt, who called the burgeoning fund “a testament to how much good there is in the world,” took his initial steps toward ... and more »
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What J.J. Watt plans to do with Harvey money
CNN - 6 months
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt talks about raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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J.J. Watt's $10 Million (and Counting) Rush for Houston
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
An NFL star’s social media fundraiser for flood victims hits eight figures—and isn’t stopping.
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J.J. Watt's fundraiser for Tropical Storm Harvey relief has brought in more than $5 million
LATimes - 6 months
J.J. Watt’s effort to raise money to help victims of Tropical Storm Harvey in the Houston area has received an immense response, and the momentum at YouCaring.com/JJWatt seems to be building. In three days, the Texans’ defensive end has raised more than $5.4 million for the Houston Relief Fund. ...
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Kardashians pledge $500,000 as celebs rally for Harvey storm relief
Reuters.com - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kim Kardashian and her family on Tuesday donated a collective $500,000 to storm Harvey relief efforts, joining celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Dwayne Johnson, NFL player J.J. Watt and comedian Kevin Hart who have pledged funds to help the tens of thousands affected by the devastation in Texas.
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Texans' J.J. Watt raises nearly $400,000 to help hurricane relief efforts in Houston
LATimes - 6 months
J.J. Watt has not been in Houston since Hurricane Harvey claimed at least five lives and caused massive damage this weekend. He and the rest of the Texans went to Dallas after their exhibition game in New Orleans on Saturday and will remain there until conditions improve. But Houston and its people...
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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.
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  • 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.
    On August 26, 2014, Watt received the Texans Spirit of the Bull Community Award.
    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.
    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.
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    Watt scored his fifth touchdown on November 30, 2014, catching a one-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Texans quarterback.
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    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.
    In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, on October 9, 2014, Watt forced Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to fumble the ball.
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    Watt scored his second touchdown of the season on September 28, 2014, against the Buffalo Bills.
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    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.
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    Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Houston Texans and JJ Watt agreed to a six-year contract extension, worth $100 million.
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    Watt was named to the 2014 NFL Pro-Bowl and was the Pro-Bowl Captain.
  • 2013
    In 2013, Watt recorded 65 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, seven passes defensed, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
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  • 2012
    Watt also made the highest debut on NFL Network’s Top 100 list for 2012, coming in at number five.
    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.
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    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.
  • 2011
    Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the week of September 16, 2011, and December 23, 2011.
    In 2011, Watt started all 16 games and finished the season with 48 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, and five and a half sacks.
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    The Texans signed Watt to a four-year, $11.24 million contract on July 31, 2011.
    On April 28, 2011, he was selected in the first round by the Houston Texans and was the 11th pick overall.
    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.
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    Watt decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • 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.
    In 2010, Watt played in 13 games and led the team in tackles for loss, quarterback hurries, blocked kicks, and forced fumbles.
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  • 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.
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    In 2009, Watt played in 13 games as defensive end.
  • 2008
    At the University of Wisconsin, Watt was redshirted for the 2008 season and was named Wisconsin’s Scout Team Player of the Year.
  • 2007
    On October 27, 2007, in a game against Kent State, Watt had two receptions for 23 yards, a career-high.
    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.
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    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).
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  • 1989
    Watt was born on March 22, 1989 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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