After 12 Hall of Fame-worthy seasons, Arizona Cardinals defensive finish J.J. Watt performed his last NFL recreation, as he walked off the sector at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco to a standing ovation in emotional style.
But, as HBO’s “Hard Knocks” teased forward of their last in-season episode with the Cardinals, Watt’s water works had been operating all through the week.
During a protection assembly, Arizona’s coordinator on that facet of the ball, Vance Joseph, shared a really particular video the staff put collectively for Watt.
And when his brother, fellow Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt, got here on the display, Watt instantly began to tear up.
Caution: You might wish to get some tissues out for this one.
“Brother, J.J., I simply wish to say congratulations on retirement,” T.J. Watt mentioned. “You and your resiliency all through all of the ups and downs. You ending up within the NFL and also you being Defensive Player of the Year and also you having all of the success that you simply had, confirmed me that it’s potential.”
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From there, a slew of gamers, together with Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and two future Hall of Famers in Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, all mentioned their congratulations to Watt on a tremendous season.
“Man, you have been a ache in my a—for a very long time. It was an honor to share the sector with you,” Brady mentioned.
When Watt’s different brother, Derek, got here on display together with his two nephews, the feelings ran excessive but once more.
“Congrats in your retirement and Hall of Fame profession, J.J. It’s been so particular having a entrance row seat to all of it and couldn’t be extra pleased with you. Love you, bro,” he mentioned.
Finally, if that wasn’t sufficient for Watt to deal with, his dad and mom and spouse have been the ultimate ones to share their piece of the journey.
“J.J., earlier than you have been born, we had actually massive goals for you and excessive hopes, however, boy, you sort of blew these out of the water by yourself,” his mom, Connie, mentioned. “We are so pleased for you. It’s been only a full pleasure watching you all via the years.”
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John Watt, J.J.’s father, added: “We obtained to be an enormous a part of it in your first journey again within the day once I was your coach. And it’s been a pleasure to observe you ever since. Kind of unhappy to see it come to your final recreation, however you have got so many nice issues forward of you that I’m wanting ahead to what the longer term brings for you, Kealia, and Koa.”
“It has been such an honor to observe you’re employed you’re a—off these previous years and do no matter you wanted to do to be the very best,” Kealia Watt mentioned whereas holding their newbron son, Koa. “You’ve been so beneficiant and sort and loving to all people round you, and also you by no means forgot who you’re.
“I do know Koa shall be so proud to be your son.”
In 151 common season video games over his profession, Watt finishes with 114.5 sacks, 586 mixed tackles (195 for loss), 27 compelled fumbles and plenty of extra stats and accolades, together with 5 All-Pro and 5 Pro Bowl picks.
Watt was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, and the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner.