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JJ Watt Surprises with Retirement Announcement

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 25: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

JJ Watt is hanging them up at the end of the year.

The Cardinals pass rusher announced he’s retiring on twitter.

In late September Watt announced that his heart had gone into atrial fibrillation, or irregular rhythm, and needed to be shocked to return to normal.

The 33-year-old has been named NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year three times, in 2012, 2014 and 2015, all with Houston.

A first-round pick from Wisconsin in 2011, Watt spent the first ten years of his career with the Texans before signing with Arizona in 2020.

The five-time Pro Bowler has 9.5 sacks this season, 111.5 in his career.

The Cardinals will finish the season on the road, travelling to Atlanta this weekend to take on the Falcons before finishing the season at the 49ers.