Future Unknown for JJ Watt

Alijah McGhee , Staff Writer

Early in this month, the Houston Texans of the National Football League have released defensive end J.J. Watt from their roster. Watt, the most beloved player in the Texans’ franchise history, played 10 seasons with the team. He has been to five Pro Bowls, has been the NFL’s sack leader twice, and has claimed the “Defensive Player of the Year” award three times; one of 3 other players in history to win 3 times. J.J. Watt is, no doubt, the best player to wear a texans uniform.

Watt, despite being the face of the franchise, had previously asked the team commissioners if they’d release him. Obviously they respected his request, essentially thanking him for all he’s done in Houston and allowing him to start a new chapter in his career. Watt posted a video on Twitter thanking the Texans and all their fans.

He at one point said “…I just want you guys to know that I love you. I appreciate you. I appreciate the McNair family for drafting me and giving me my first opportunity in the NFL.” Shortly after the announcement of the future hall of famers departure, Texans chair and CEO Cal McNair put out a statement saying “Change is never easy, especially when it involves the ones you love. J.J.’s impact on not only our organization, but the entire Houston community, is unlike any player in our franchise’s history.” McNair describes the situation as “bittersweet.”

Some teams that have shown interest in the newly available player include the Pittsburgh Steelers, who currently have both of J.J.’s younger brothers, T.J. and Derek, signed to their roster. Could we see 3 Watts on one team? Only time will tell.