J.J. Watt does not ‘want to leave the game any time soon’
J.J. Watt’s NFL career certainly appeared to be in jeopardy amid successive injury-plagued seasons in 2016 and 2017. A return to health has the Houston Texans superstar confident about continuing his career for a long time.
Watt has previously admitted to experiencing considerable doubt amid the bouts of grueling rehabilitation following numerous surgical procedures that limited him to only eight games in those two injury-shortened seasons.
However, the Texans defensive end, coming off a standout campaign, recently weighed in on how his return to form in 2018 has erased any doubts about having to leave the game before he’s ready.
“I don’t want to leave the game any time soon,” Watt said, via ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “I love it. Hopefully, we can say that I had two less years of pounding on my body, I had two less years of wear and tear, so that means two more years on the back end.”
“I feel good right now. I’m excited about the season ahead. I’m excited about the team that we’ve got and the guys that we’ve got. I love it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I get to go around and chase a ball for a living and they pay me to do it. I couldn’t be any luckier.”
Watt enjoyed a remarkable comeback season in 2018. Playing in all 16 Texans games for the first time since 2015, Watt had 16 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 61 total tackles, a campaign that earned him First-Team All-Pro honors for the fifth time.
Watt, at age 30 and entering his ninth NFL season, says he feels “good” ahead of the Texans’ offseason program, a far cry from how he has felt in previous years. He is no longer left wondering how much he has left in the tank. Instead, Watt is simply enjoying the game of football alongside his teammates.
“The one thing that has been the driving force throughout my life is I want to get out on the field and I want to play football,” Watt said.