J.J. Watt: I know I still can play, I’m just choosing not to

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Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt got a chance to check off one final box before his career came to an end after Sunday’s road game against the 49ers.

Levi’s Stadium was the only current stadium that Watt had not played in and he made sure to make the most of his only visit to the 49ers’ home field. Watt had two sacks and left the field to an ovation from the crowd when he checked out of the 38-13 Cardinals win.

The performance was a sign that Watt has something left in the tank, but he said after the game that he’s comfortable stepping away with the knowledge that he could keep going.

“I know I still can,” Watt said, via the team’s website. “I’m just choosing not to.”

The loss dropped the Cardinals to 4-13 on the season and Watt said he doesn’t “want to see this organization go through a year like this again.” He said he’s “happy to help” the team try to avoid that fate again, but any assistance he’ll offer will come off of the field.

11 responses to “J.J. Watt: I know I still can play, I’m just choosing not to

  1. All the respect in the world for JJ. It would be hard to walk away voluntarily given how much he loves the game, but in doing so he’s able to go out on his terms. Very few guys get to do that. We’ll see him in Canton soon enough…

  2. That’s the right call for him. He’ll have tons of opportunities in TV if he wants to keep collecting millions, but he might actually be the kind of guy who is happier just disappearing.

  3. I’ve never seen a guy get so much hype for doing so little. He’s never playing/always injured and was always hyped as a DPOY despite never playing. Has it been about 6 years since he completed a whole season? Sorry, but good riddance. I want to hear about guys who actually play. Those are the guys that deserve the conversations.

  4. Oh goody. 49ers fans thinking everything is about them. Has nothing to do with you. Go prepare to lose to the Hawks.

  5. springfield says:
    January 9, 2023 at 11:00 am
    I’ve never seen a guy get so much hype for doing so little. He’s never playing/always injured and was always hyped as a DPOY despite never playing. Has it been about 6 years since he completed a whole season? Sorry, but good riddance. I want to hear about guys who actually play. Those are the guys that deserve the conversations.

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    While he has been injured in the backend of his career he has always played well and been a standup person as well. If you can’t appreciate a player who is not selfish and leaves it on the filed it says more about you than him.

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