J. J. Watt is among the best defenders currently making waves in the National Football League (NFL). Starting his professional stint with the Houston Texans in 2011, the defensive end is now a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL sacks leader, and three-time NFL best defender of the year award winner. In addition, Watt has earned a spot in the All-Pro Team five times while receiving other accolades for his excellent achievements. Since the inception of his career, he has completed over eight professional seasons and counting with the Texans. Learn more about the defensive star below.
J. J. Watt Bio
The defender was born as Justin James Watt on the 22nd day of March 1989. His birth took place in Waukesha City of Wisconsin, United States. He was born to middle-class American parents, Connie Watt and her husband John Watt. His father works in the firefighting department while his mother serves as a vice president in a building operations company.
While he was growing up, Watt developed a keen interest in playing football and was able to kick off his career while in fifth grade. He schooled at Pewaukee High School where he was a standout three-sport athlete.
Making a name for himself, Watt quickly became an outstanding defender for his team; he got both the Player of the Year and MVP Awards as a senior. The player had a total of 26 receptions, five touchdowns, and 399 yards as a senior. He eventually decided to attend Central Michigan University for his college career.
Watt played only one season for the Central Michigan football team. At the end of the season, the player transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he spent two more years before joining the professional football league. At Wisconsin, he got a redshirt in 2008 and the following year, he got the Player of the Year award after making 44 combined tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Finishing his college career in 2010, Watt recorded 62 combined tackles and defended nine passes while making an interception. At the end of the 2010 season, J. J. was named his team’s MVP while getting All-American and All-Big Ten team honors. He was equally the recipient of the 2010 Ronnie Lott Trophy.
Injury and Career Stats
Joining the NFL draft of 2011, J. J. Watt was picked by the Houston Texans as the eleventh overall player and first defensive end player to be selected that year. Afterward, he signed up with the Texans on a four-year deal worth $11.24 million. He went on to make his first appearance for the team in their season opener game against the Indianapolis Colts in September. Subsequently, he made fifteen more appearances for the team in the 2011 season. Watt helped the Texans qualify for the playoffs for the first time in history while making a total of 56 combined tackles that season.
The following season, Watt got his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro Team selection after leading the league in sacks. He proved himself worthy of his recognition after making 20.5 sacks and 81 combined tackles in the 2012 season. The star player further got three more Pro Bowl and All-Pro team selections in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He led the league in sacks in 2015 and was crowned the league’s defender of the year for the third time. Watt also received the same award as well as the Bert Bell Award in 2014. He underwent groin surgery in January 2016 for a sports-related hernia.
Later in the same year, Watt underwent multiple back surgeries which made him miss out of action for the rest of the 2016 season. Rejoining his team for the 2017 season, the defender appeared in just five games before he incurred another injury which kept him away for the remaining games in the season. He completely recovered and was certified fit to join the Texans for the 2018 season. He went on to make 16 appearances for the team, recording 61 combined tackles at the end of the season.
Salary and Net Worth
J. J. Watt has been outstanding since the inception of his career and has made huge wealth for himself. His net worth is currently pegged at $10 million and he receives an annual salary of $2 million.
Brothers, Girlfriend or Wife
The talented football star came from an athletic family; his parents were active in sports during their high school days. Meanwhile, Watt isn’t the only child of his parents, he has two younger brothers with whom he was raised. Just like Watt, his two brothers have equally established themselves as professional football stars. His immediate younger brother, Derek Watt, currently plays the fullback position for the Los Angeles Chargers. He was drafted off from the University of Wisconsin by the Chargers in 2016. His other brother, T. J. Watt, is equally not left out in this regard. T. J. is a professional outside linebacker currently associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He was chosen by the Steelers in the first round of the 2017 draft.
J. J. Watt has been in a relationship with a lady named Kealia Ohai. Kealia is an American soccer player and a member of the US Women’s National Team as well as Houston Dash Women’s Soccer Team. The pair began their relationship a few years ago and has been enjoying a blissful romance. They are not yet married and they don’t have kids yet.