It is yet another sad day in the city of Houston after JJ Watt asked and got granted his released from the Texans.
Shortly after the announcement, Watt released an emotional video on all of his social media platforms.
Watt’s brother, TJ Watt, wasted no time in telling him where he should take his talents after his release.
That move would be easier said than done because the Pittsburgh Steelers are in salary cap hell right now.
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year has spent his entire career with the Texans after being selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Texans Chair and CEO Cal McNair issued the following statement:
“Change is never easy, especially when it involves the ones you love. J.J.’s impact on not only our organization, but the entire Houston community, is unlike any player in our franchise’s history. I told J.J. earlier this week that we will forever consider him a Texan. We take solace in knowing that this is not a goodbye but a ‘see you soon.’ For now, we will build upon the foundation that J.J. created here and forge ahead with our unwavering mission to bring a championship to our city, create memorable experiences for our fans and do great things for Houston.”
Watt’s complete statement from the above video:
“I wanted to do this on video as opposed to putting out a statement or doing a press conference or anything like that because I want you guys to hear it directly from me.
I want to speak directly to you and the city of Houston so you can hear the words straight from my mouth.
I have sat down with the McNair family and I have asked them for my release — and we have mutally agreed to part ways at this time.
I came here ten years ago as a kid from Wisconsin who really had never been to Texas before. And now, I can’t imagine my life without Texas in it.
The way that you guys have treated me, besides draft night, I mean you guys booed me on draft night. But every day after that you treated me like family. And I truly feel like you’re my family.
Since that day, I have tried to do everything in my power to work and earn your respect and try and make you proud on and off the field.
You guys have given me everything and more and I can only hope that you feel like I’ve given everything I have.
The city of Houston has been unbelievable to me. It’s where I met my wife. It’s where I’ve met lifelong friends and my teammates. I’ve had incredible coaches, and training staff and equipment staff and cafeteria workers and the weight room staff, the front office people and people on the streets, people in restaurants, in grocery stores, and showing up at my house.
The connection is special — and I will never ever take that for granted because I know how rare it is.
I’m excited and looking forward to a new opportunity — and I’ve been working extremely hard. But at the same time, it is always tough to move on.
I just want you guys to know that I love you, I appreciate you, I appreciate the McNair family for giving me, drafting me, giving me my first opportunity in the NFL.
Thank you, Houston. I love you.”