Released by the Texans at his request in 2021 before signing with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, JJ Watt seems to feel at peace that he went into retirement with another team that did not draft him or where he made his name.
Watt doesn’t feel any need to sign a ceremonial one-day contract to retire as a member of the AFC South franchise.
Many fans wondered whether the Texans would offer Watt a one-day contract so that he could officially retire as a member of the team, but he’s not interested and he explained why.
“As far as the one-day contract, I personally just don’t really understand or see the reason for it,” Watt said, via Texans TV host Drew Dougherty. “It’s more just a ceremonial piece of paper. I think that the Ring of Honor and all that comes with it is more than enough… They’ve done it first class the whole way and I appreciate that.
“I haven’t even filled out or done any retirement papers or anything. So I don’t really feel the need to sign a one-day contract or anything. It’s just a piece of paper.”
The Houston Texans will honor former star defensive end J.J. Watt with an induction into the franchise’s Ring of Honor this season. That honor will come on Oct. 1, 2023. It will be a family affair as the Texans host the Pittsburgh Steelers, led defensively by Watt’s younger brother T.J. Watt.
During his NFL career, Watt has totaled 586 tackles, 114.5 sacks, two interceptions, and three touchdowns. Injuries stopped him from having even better numbers, but he did finish his career with the Cardinals on a bounce-back year, with 39 tackles and 12.5 sacks.
Watt likely has a few more years in him, but he is married and a new father so there are more important things for him to focus on.
He’ll join former Texans receiving legends Andre Johnson and Robert McNair in the Ring of Honor.
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