J.J. Watt raised a few eyebrows in Houston earlier this year by stating that he doesn't plan to prolong his career as long as he can, and will retire whenever he feels that he isn't a top player anymore. In just five NFL seasons, Watt has already won three defensive player of the year awards (tied for the most all-time with Lawrence Taylor) - but he played through a long list of injuries in 2015, and had surgery after the season to repair a groin injury.
It's rare for pro sports careers to last longer than a decade, which is why Watt was blown away Wednesday by Kobe Bryant on the final night of his 20th NBA season. A fan asked Watt if he could match Kobe's longevity, and Watt reaffirmed that he doesn't plan to stick around the NFL that long... unless he switches positions.
Spending 20 years at a job is commonplace. Spending 20 years at the highest level of basketball in the world & dominating. That's legendary.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 13, 2016
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Doesn't matter what your job is, if you do it at the absolute highest level possible & you dominate for that long, that's something special— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 13, 2016
@JJWatt you plan on being a Texan for 20 years?— Lawson Jacks IV (@LJCoolJ24) April 13, 2016
Haha there's 1 thing I can promise you brother. I won't be playing football for 20 years unless I learn how to punt. https://t.co/4yEBmUlpgF— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 13, 2016
Colts punter Pat McAfee saw Watt's tweet and made a him an offer to help extend his career.
JJ..Deal of a lifetime..You go ahead and stop playing defense against the Colts.. I'll give you FREE punting lessons https://t.co/eHe1t2cMLZ— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 13, 2016