J.J. Watt Wiki, Age, Height, Wife, Family, Brother, Stats, Salary, Net Worth, Biography & More

J.J. Watt is a famous American Football who played for the Houston Texans and the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League as a defensive. J.J. Watt played college football at Central Michigan and Wisconsin and was selected by the Texans in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Check all the details below about 

J.J. Watt Wiki/Biography

J.J. Watt was born on 22nd March 1989 (Age: 33 years; as of 2022) in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. His full real name is Justin James Watt and he is commonly known as J.J. Watt.

Childhood photo of J.J. Watts

Childhood photo of J.J. Watts

His nationality is American and his ethnicity is White. His zodiac sign is Aries and he follows Christianity (religion). His profession is a famous American Basketball player.

J.J. Watt Educational Qualification

J.J. Watt completed his schooling at Pewaukee High School. And then, he attended Central Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin for his higher studies and for his degree. Also, he played basketball in his school and in his college and then he enters his professional career and played for them.

J.J. Watt’s Physical Stats

J.J. Watt Physical Appearance

J.J. Watt’s Physical Appearance

  • Height: 6’5″ inches
  • Weight: 131 kg
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Light Brown

J.J Watt Family & Parents

J.J. Watt was born into a middle-class family to American Parents. His father’s name is John Watt he is a firefighter and his mother’s name is Connie she is the building operations vice president.

J.J. Watt with his family

J.J. Watt with his family

Also, he has two younger brothers Derek Watt is a fullback and T.J. Watt plays outside linebacker both plays in the NFL, both for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His family always support him in his all decision or in his basketball career.

J.J. Watt’s Wife, Children & Relationship

J.J. Watt’s dating status is single and his marital status is married. Watt is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Kealia Ohai who is a professional soccer player. In 2019, the couple was engaged and in October 2022, the couple get married on 15th February 2020.

J.J. Watt with his girlfriend

J.J. Watt with his girlfriend

In 2022 October the couple had a son. They both lived happily together and with their son and enjoyed their life joyfully.

J.J. Watt Career & Stats

Youth Career

As a youth, when he was a four-year letter-winner in football and also lettered in basketball, baseball, and track and field. Watt earned the Woodland Conference Player of the Year Award his senior year and was first-team All-State, All-Country, All-Area, and All-Conference selections as a tight end and defensive end. Watt was also named the team’s MVP.

J.J. Watt's Youth Career

J.J. Watt’s Youth Career

He followed in his father’s footsteps and competed in the shot put during his senior season, earning first-team All-State selection. Watt captured the state title in the shot put at the 2007 WIAA Division II Championship, setting a new school record with a throw of 59ft.

Senior Career

Central Michigan

He received a scholarship offer from Central Michigan University. Watt has stated that he was led to believe by Butch Jones that, as a tight end, he would have the opportunity to score touchdowns.

J.J. Watt played at Central Michigan University

J.J. Watt played at Central Michigan University

Watt’s coaches, led by Jones, suggested that he move to offensive tackle, but Watt decided to forgo his starting spot and scholarship to walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, where he played as a defensive end.


Watt redshirted the 2008 season and was named Wisconsin’s Scout Team Player of the Year. He played in 13 games as a defensive end in 2009. He had a career-high of two sacks, three tackles for loss, six tackles, and one quarter hurry on 5th December 2009. He also earned his first letter.

J.J. Watt played for Wisconsin team

J.J. Watt played for the Wisconsin team

On November 20, 2010, against Michigan, he recorded his first collegiate interception. He earned the Ronnie Lott Trophy in 2010, was voted AP and Sports Illustrated second-team All-American, All-Big Ten first-team, academic All-Big Ten, and was voted the team’s MVP.

Professional Career

Houston Texans

He skipped his senior season, entering the 2011 NFL combine, watt was a top performer in all combine categories except the 40-yard dash. He was the first defensive and was selected in the first round when the Houston Texans picked him the 11th overall pick.

2011 season

In the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, in the 2011 season. He had five tackles and a fumble recovery in his NFL debut. On November 27, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Watt had his first multi-sack game with 2.0 in the 20–13 victory. The Texans qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

J.J. Watts in 2011 NFL

J.J. Watts in the 2011 NFL

Watt recorded 11 solo tackles, three assisted tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown, one pass defended, and 3.5 sacks in two games against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Round and the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round. Watt was named Texans Team Rookie of the Year, USA Today All-Joe Team, and Pro-Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team.

2012 season

Watt had one of the best seasons for a defensive player in NFL history in 2012. Watt earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On November 22, 2012, in a game against the Detroit Lions, Watt recorded three sacks, to give him a total of 14.5, breaking the Texans’ record for sacks in a season, which was previously held by Mario Williams. Watt was named to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl Team on December 26, 2012.

J.J. Watt played in 2012

J.J. Watt played in 2012

J.J. Watt also was named Texans Team Most Valuable Player, USA Football Fundamentals Team, PFW First-team All-Pro, Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Most Valuable Player, Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year, NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, AP First-team All-Pro, and the AP Defensive Player of the Year. Watt received 49 out of 50 votes for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Watt is the first Texans player to receive an NFL Player of the Year award.

2013 season

J.J. Watts played for Houston Texans in 2013

J.J. Watts played for Houston Texans in 2013

J.J. Watt has a strong season, but the Texans struggled as a whole, in the 2013 season. From Weeks 7-12, he recorded at least one sack in each game. The Texans, however, had a losing season and finished with a 2–14 record. J.J. Watt was named to the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl and earned First Team All-Pro honors.

2014 season

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Texans and he agreed to a six-year contract extension, worth $100 million. Watt received $30.9 million at signing and J.J. Watt was to receive $21 million at the start of the 2016 season if he was on the roster. On 14th September in a game against the Oakland Raiders, J.J. Watt became the first defensive player in Texas history to score a touchdown from scrimmage.

J.J. Watt picked off a pass from Buffalo’s EJ Manuel that was intended for Fred Jackson and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. With this touchdown, Watt became tied for sixth for the longest interception return by a defensive lineman. J.J. Watt’s touchdown was the fourth-longest interception return in Houston Texan’s history. During the game, Watt hit Manuel nine times but was flagged twice for roughing the passer.

J.J. Watt played in 2014

J.J. Watt played in 2014

J.J. Watt was fined $16,537 for one of the incidents. In a Week 5 Thursday night game against the Indianapolis Colts, Watt recorded two sacks on Andrew Luck, one of which was a strip-sack in the fourth quarter that he recovered and returned 45 yards for a touchdown. Watt recorded four solo tackles, an assisted tackle, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the same game, which was on November 16, against the Cleveland Browns.

J.J. Watt became the first defensive lineman to have scored at least five touchdowns in a season since 1944. With that sack, he surpassed Mario Williams as the franchise leader in sacks. In Week 17, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had three sacks on Blake Bortles, one of which was his first career safety which also gave him 20.5 sacks on the season, becoming the only player in NFL history to have multiple 20-sack seasons.

J.J. Watt was unanimously named to the 2014 All-Pro First Team as a defensive end and named to the All-Pro second team as a defensive tackle. He was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl, where Cris Carter, team captain of Team Carter, selected Watt to be his captain on defense.[87] He unanimously won the Defensive Player of the Year award, one of a few players to win the award multiple times, and became the first defensive player since 2008 to get votes for the MVP award.

2015 season

Despite battling a groin injury and a fractured left hand, he started all 16 games in 2015 making 76 tackles, an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, eight passes defended, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

For his game against Jacksonville, he earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week. J.J. Watt was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl, which was his fourth consecutive appearance, and also received his third Defensive Player of the Year award, the only player aside from Lawrence Taylor and Aaron Donald to do so.

This forced him to withdraw from the 2016 Pro Bowl. He earned his fourth straight first-team All-Pro nomination. Watt was ranked as the top defensive lineman and the third-best player by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.

2016 season

J.J. Watt underwent back surgery for a herniated disc on 21st July 2016. Watt started training camp on the PUP list but returned in Week 1 to start the season in a victory over the Chicago Bears. On September 28, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve. The following day, J.J. Watt underwent back surgery again and was officially ruled out for the rest of the season after playing three games and recording 1.5 sacks.

2017 season

J.J. Watt returned from his injury to play in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. During Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, Watt left the game after an apparent leg injury. It was later revealed that he suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg. Wattnderwent surgery the next day and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

J.J. Watt injured in 2017

J.J. Watt injured in 2017

J.J. Watt raised upwards of $40 million for relief and recovery efforts for the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. The entire sum was raised through an online drive after he donated $100,000 of his own money as the starting base. Watt commented that this season “was always about more than football.”

J.J. Watt was co-named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year along with Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros for 2017 for their humanitarian and leadership efforts. He was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

2018 season

J.J. Watt returned from his injury in time for the season opener against the New England Patriots. After being held without a sack in the first two weeks, he collected three sacks and eight combined tackles in the Week 3 27–22 defeat against the New York Giants, his first sacks since Week 2 of 2016.

J.J. Watt followed that up with two sacks the following week in the OT win against the Indianapolis Colts and he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the month of September after recording five sacks, 20 tackles, and four forced fumbles. He was named to his fifth Pro Bowl for his 2018 season.

2019 season

In the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints, J.J. Watt recorded no tackles and no quarterback hits in the narrow 30–28 loss. This was the first time in 105 career games that he was held to these numbers. Two weeks later against the Los Angeles Chargers, Watt sacked Philip Rivers twice in the 27–20 road victory.

J.J. Watt was placed on injured reserve three days later. On 24th December he was designated for return from injured reserve and starts starts practicing with the team again. This sack forced the Bills, who were up 13–0 at the time, to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown, allowing the Texans to get back in the game and eventually win it in overtime. J.J. Watt was ranked 45th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020.

2020 season

In Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, Watt recorded his first two sacks of the season on Lamar Jackson during the 16–33 loss. In Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans, J.J. Watt recorded his 99th career sack on Ryan Tannehill, a strip sack that was recovered by the Texans, during the 42–36 overtime loss.

J.J. Watt played in 2020

J.J. Watt played in 2020

J.J. Watt became the fifth-fastest player to reach the milestone. It was Watt’s third career pick-six and his first touchdown since 2014. He requested and was granted his release from the Texans on 12th February 2021. Watt was ranked 66th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.

Arizona Cardinals

2021 season

J.J. Watt signed a 2-year, $28 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, with $23 million guaranteed on 1st March 2021. In Week 7 against his former team, Watt suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter but remained in the game.

J.J. Watt played for Arizona Cardinals

J.J. Watt played for Arizona Cardinals

On October 27, it was revealed J.J. Watt would need season-ending shoulder surgery. He was placed on injured reserve on November 6, 2021.

2022 season & Retirement

On 28th September 2022, despite experiencing atrial fibrillation and having his heart shocked back into a rhythm the next day, J.J. Watt committed to play in Week 4. He announced on December 27 that he would retire at the end of the season. J.J. Watt finished his final season with 39 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 16 games played. In January 2023, After the last NFL game, he retired from the National Football League. JJ Watt was emotional during his final NFL game before retirement.

J.J. Watt Awards & Achievements

J.J. Watt wins AP Defensive Player of the year award

J.J. Watt wins AP Defensive Player of the year award

  • 3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014, 2015.
J.J. Watt awarded Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2017

J.J. Watt awarded Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2017

  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2017.
  • 5× First-team All-Pro in 2012–2015, 2018.
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro in 2014, 2018.
  • 5× Pro Bowl in 2012–2015, 2018.
  • 2× NFL sacks leader in 2012, 2015.
  • NFL forced fumbles co-leader in 2018.
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2011.
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2017.
  • Bert Bell Award in 2014.
  • Lott Trophy in 2010.
  • First-team All-American in 2010.
  • First-team All-Big Ten in 2010.

J.J. Watt’s Net Worth & Salary

J.J. Watt’s net worth is estimated at $50 million dollars. His profession is a famous American football player who played so many matches in different teams in college and professionally and earned money from them. J.J. Watt annual salary is $14,000,000 as of January 2023. J.J. Watt signed a 2-year contract for $28000000 with the Arizona Cardinals, including a $12000000 signing bonus.

J.J. Watt’s Social Handles

J.J. Watt’s Amazing Facts

  • Currently, J.J. Watt played for Houston Texans.
  • J.J. Watt’s jersey number is 99 on his team.
  • His position in his team is Defensive end.
  • J.J. Watt is the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, a charity organization that provides after-school opportunities for children in various communities, so they to get involved in athletics in a safe environment.
  • Watt’s mother Connie is the vice president of the organization.
  • He and the J.J. Watt Foundation host a Charity Classic, Run, Walk, Golf Outing, and Tailgate annually.
  • He received the Texans Spirit of the Bull Community Award. He was nominated for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award that honors either a coach.
  • J.J. Watt invited Arnold Schwarzenegger and swimmer Simone Manuel, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and native of Houston.
  • J.J. Watt is also known for his interactions with children.
  • On 2nd July 2011, the berry family was traveling home from a vacation in Colorado Springs.
  • J.J. Watt met the children at a fundraiser and grew close to them.
  • He played wheelchair basketball with them and mimed rolling a wheelchair after sacking a quarterback in a 2012 game.
  • He also raised over $37 million to help Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey, surpassing his initial goal of $200,000.
  • J.J. Watt covered the funeral costs for the victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade attack, which left six people dead.

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