May 27, 2024

J.J. Watt recently disclosed his preferred choice of team had he not joined the Arizona Cardinals upon becoming a free agent in 2021. Despite his ultimate decision to sign with the Cardinals, Watt expressed a strong inclination towards his hometown team, the Green Bay Packers.

Reflecting on his roots, Watt shared his fondness for both Houston and Wisconsin, particularly the close-knit relationship between the Packers and their community, which he found appealing. Growing up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and later excelling at the University of Wisconsin, Watt’s ties to the state ran deep. Although the Packers signed multiple free agents during the 2021 offseason, including edge-rushers, they couldn’t match the lucrative offer Watt received from the Cardinals, preventing a potential fairy-tale ending of retiring with the Packers.

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Watt hinted at undisclosed reasons behind his decision, suggesting a story fit for future memoirs. Despite the allure of joining his childhood team, Watt’s storied career saw him accumulate numerous accolades, including five All-Pro selections, five Pro Bowl appearances, and three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards. As one of the most dominant defensive players of his era, Watt left an indelible mark on the Houston Texans, retiring as their all-time leader in sacks, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries.

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