J. J. Watt is one of those athletes who come around once in a generation and set themselves apart from their colleagues through their unhuman-like performances and drive to always succeed.
The Houston Texans defensive end, who can also play as a defensive tackle when called upon, is the holder of several NFL and franchise records, including being the first person to record two 20+ sack seasons in National Football League (NFL) history.
Biography – J. J. Watt’s Profile
J. J. Watt was born Justin James Watt, in Waukesha, Wisconsin on the 22nd of March, 1989. As a child, Watt played a variety of sports, specifically hockey but had to give it up for financial reasons. By the time he attended Pewaukee High School, he began concentrating on football, even though he also featured on his school’s basketball, baseball, and track and field teams and received letters in all of them.
Watt did not garner as much interest from college programs even though he had earned first-team All-State, All-County, All-Area, and All-Conference selections, as well as the Woodland Conference Player of the Year Award in his senior year. He went on to attend Central Michigan University where he spent a year before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and played football with the Badgers. With the Badgers, Watt was a standout performer, earning the Ronnie Lott Trophy in 2010, second-team All-American selections by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated before enlisting to enter the draft and skipping his senior year.
After performing very highly in all NFL Combine categories, J. J. Watt was selected in the 2011 NFL Draft with the 11th overall pick by the Houston Texans, and the rest today, is history.
It will surprise you to hear that J. J. Watt has suffered his fair share of injuries even though he has managed to break and set a number of NFL and Houston Texans records. The 2012 and 2015 NFL sacks leader’s first notable time on the sidelines due to injury was just before his second professional season, on the 2nd of August, 2012 to be exact. On that day, he suffered a dislocation to his left elbow and tore all the ligaments in the joints, prompting him to miss all the games in the preseason. He, however, returned to make an appearance in the regular season and playoffs, although with an elbow brace.
Watt stayed clear of injury for the next three years until he tore his abdominal muscles, left and right adductor longus and his left adductor pectineus in his inner thighs and groin on the 29th of November, 2015. He further broke his left hand a few days later on the 9th of December, 2015, but still did not miss a game that whole season, starting in all 16 games. The following season, Watt underwent surgery just before the start of preseason for a herniated disc in his back. He rushed his recovery and was able to return in time for the start of the season. However, after just three games, he required another surgery for the same issue which ended his season early, landing him on the injury reserve list.
On the 10th of September 2017, J. J. Watt dislocated his left ring finger but was still able to play with it. The following month, he missed 11 games after undergoing surgery for a fractured tibial plateau. He has since that time remained healthy.
J.J. Watt Net Worth
J. J. Watt, who was in 2015 named the Vice-President of Power Relations for NRG Energy Inc. subsidiary, Reliant, a retail electric provider in the state of Texas, is said to have an estimated net worth of around $27 million.
The defensive end has been able to amass such a net worth through his salary over the years from his team as well as from endorsement deals. In 2014, the Waukesha, Wisconsin native put pen to paper on a $100 million six-year contract extension ($51.9 million guaranteed) with the Houston Texans which made him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL at the time. The deal further included a $10 million signing bonus. In addition to his on-field earnings, Watt rakes in a huge amount estimated to be around $7 million from endorsements and sponsorship deal with companies like Verizon, American Family Insurance, NRG, Reebok, Gatorade, and Ford.
J. Watt has two younger brothers; Derek Watt, a sixth-round 2016 NFL Draft pick by the Los Angeles Chargers who plays as a fullback, and T. J. Watt, the 30th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft who plays the outside linebacker position for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Does J. J. Watt have a Girlfriend or Wife?
J. J. Watt is in a relationship with Kealia Ohai, a professional soccer player who currently captains and plays for the Houston Dash. The pair were introduced to each other by Watt’s Houston Texans teammate, Brian Cushing, who is married to Ohai’s older sister, Megan.