The latest NFL news is about the early retirement plans of Houston Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt. It has been speculated in the past couple of months that Watt may retire in two to three years from now.
In an interview with Peter King of The MMQB, Watt commented on the early retirement rumors surrounding him. His answer was still confusing as he never specifically mentioned when he will end his career.
“I have no idea when it’s going to be when I’ll retire. I’m not saying it’s not going to be two, three, four years. But I’m also not saying it’s going to be nine, 10, 11 years. I literally do not know the answer. What I do know is I’m going to continue to train my ass off. I’m going to continue to work to be the best player in the world, and whenever that doesn’t sound fun to me anymore, that’s when it’s over,” Watt said.
The 27-year-old suffered a lot of injuries last year but he was still able to play all 16 regular season games. He won his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in his career while enduring a broken hand, herniated disc, sports hernia and torn groin.
As for the players who retire due to fear of head traumas, Watt has a lot of respect for them. However, he’s not going that path since he knows the risks involved in playing the sport he loves.
“The reason I respect that and the reason I think every guy has his own way of dealing with things is because in my personal opinion I know what I’m getting into. I know that I’m going out there and I know that I am going to get hit in the head, I know that’s part of football,” Watt said.
The Wisconsin-native is only entering his sixth season in the NFL but he’s on pace to break the record for most NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards held by Lawrence Taylor. The Hall of Famer also won three but it took him 13 seasons to do it.
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