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J.J. Watt      

Professional NFL Player for the Houston Texans

J.J. Watt is a professional football player for the Houston Texans.

Watt began his career in 2007 with an athletic scholarship to play for Central Michigan University under coach Butch Jones. Though a defensive tight end, at CMU Watt was encouraged to switch his attention to offensive tackle. In defense of his position, decided to forgo his scholarship and starting spot to transfer to The University of Wisconsin-Madison where he walked on as a defensive end.

Though redshirted his first year at Wisconsin, Watt later became a standout player leading his team in TFLs, sacks, quarterback hurries, forced fumbles and blocked kicks in 2010. By the end of his time at UW-M, Watt had been 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. Watt also earned the Ronnie Lott Trophy in 2010.

Watt ended his college career a year early when he entered the 2011 NFL draft. As a top performer in all combine categories (except for the 40-yard dash), Watt was selected in the first round by the Houston Texans as the 11th overall pick.

In Watt's first season in the NFL, he started all 16 games. Watt finished his rookie year with 48 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, and 5.5 sacks. The Texans qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Watt was named Texans Team Rookie of the Year, USA Today All-Joe Team, and Pro-Football Weekly/PWFA All-Rookie Team.

J.J. was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and is a three-time first-team All-Pro selection.

In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career. He holds the Texans' franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles. In 2017, Sports Illustrated named Watt its Sportsperson of the Year.

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