J.J. Watt’s ‘goal’ is to finish his NFL career with the Texans
Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt has spent the entirety of his nine-year career in H-Town. Ideally, he would like to finish his career in Houston, as well.
Watt called it his “goal” to retire a member of the Texans on Wednesday, praising the city and fans for the appreciation he has been shown throughout the years, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN.
When Watt was asked Wednesday if he wanted to finish his career in Houston, he said, “That would obviously be a goal of mine.”
“This city has been incredible to me since the day I got here,” Watt said. “I’m very thankful and fortunate to have the opportunity to play for such great fans who have supported not only myself, but my foundation and everything that I’ve tried to accomplish. It’s a great place.
“I certainly hope that’s the case. I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I can’t say what’s going to happen in the future, but I certainly hope that that’s the case.”
The former Wisconsin product said he is not looking for an extension this offseason. Watt’s contract runs through the 2021 season, but he is more intent on showing the organization he is still one of the best defensive players in football.
The 31-year-old has been an absolute menace when healthy. Watt has played in all 16 games six times. He has been named first-team All-Pro in five of those seasons.
But Watt has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, including a 2019 season in which he played just eight games.
That said, Watt was terrific in his return for Houston’s playoff run. Moreover, he has become an icon known just as much for his benevolence as his play.
Houston would likely be open to making Watt a Texan for life.