JJ WATT who has a net worth of $50 million dollars, is a Cardinals star who recently announced his retirement but how long has JJ Watt been in the NFL? Let’s find out about his career earnings and when he was first drafted.
Taking to his Twitter account on Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals defensive end made the surprising announcement that he will be retiring after this season.
It’s safe to say that the decision has garnered widespread attention on social media, sparking a lot of questions among the football community.
One thing that many want to know is how long Watt has been in the NFL. Here’s what you need to know, including his NFL draft and career earnings.
HOW LONG HAS JJ WATT BEEN IN THE NFL?
JJ Watt has been in the NFL for 12 seasons after first being drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The superstar dropped out of his senior year at college to be eligible for the NFL Draft and got drafted by the Houston Texans. Watt finished his rookie year with five sacks and was named Texans’ Rookie of the Year.
The NFL player showed more of his potential during his second year with the Texans when he finished with over 20 sacks during that season.
The Associated Press (AP) awarded Watt with three NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards. He won the award in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and he was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2017.
JJ WATT: NET WORTH AND CAREER EARNINGS
JJ Watt has a net worth of $50 million as of 2022, Celebrity Net Worth notes.
His six-year deal with the Texans, which he signed in 2014, was for $100 million with a 50 per cent guaranteed $10-million signing bonus.
In 2021, he signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals for $28 million alongside a base salary of $14 million and $12 million signing bonus. Watt’s base salary in 2022 is reportedly $11.2 million which comes with a rooster bonus of $2.25 million.
Moreover, Watt racks up additional income from his endorsements and social media campaigns with companies like Ford, Verizon and Reebok.
CARDINALS STAR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Watt confirmed that Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers was his last home game, announcing his retirement from the NFL.
Alongside a picture with his wife Kealia Ohai Watt, their baby and parents, he wrote: “Koa’s first ever NFL game. My last ever NFL home game. My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.
Kealia, who is a professional soccer player, penned a sweet Twitter post to her husband following the announcement.
“The greatest,” she wrote, retweeting Watt’s original tweet. “I am so proud to be your wife.”