J.J. Watt received an emotional and fitting tribute from San Francisco 49ers fans on Sunday. Watt walked off the field at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday to a standing ovation after a stellar career.
Watt announced last month that he would retire after the season, ending an impressive 12-year career.
The Cardinals lost 38-13 but Watt still delivered two sacks on the day. His performance led to former Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger taking to Twitter and congratulating on a career that was well done.
“@JJWatt, congrats to one of the best to ever do it! The game will miss you, but QBs and OCs won’t!! Happy retirement! HOF, is there even a reason to make this man wait for 5 years?” Roethlisberger tweeted.
If Watt does indeed head into retirement without returning, his career ends with 586 total tackles, 114.5 sacks, 27 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries, and 70 passes defended.
The five-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner will undoubtedly go down as one of the best defenders in league history.
To say he’s a first-ballot hall of fame player is an understatement. While his final season wasn’t great on the field from a team standpoint, Watt certainly got the farewell he deserved.
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