Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
Texans DE J.J. Watt
Justin James Watt was named Defensive Player of the Year three times in his first five seasons, and he is the only player in NFL history with two 20-plus-sack seasons.
They said it
"(Watt’s) 2014 and 2015 seasons were arguably two of the best seasons any player at any position has ever had. That's what I'm seeing now, this summer. There's no reason he can't do it again."
--Texans coach Bill O’Brien on Watt’s comeback after two injury-marred seasons.
Watt racked up 69 sacks and forced 15 fumbles in a four-year stretch from 2012-15, including 20.5 sacks in 2012 and ’14. He returned his only career regular-season interception 80 yards for a touchdown in 2014. (Watt also had a 29-yard pick-six of Andy Dalton in Watt's NFL playoff debut.)
In the 2014 season, Watt was targeted three times as an extra tight end in goalline situations. He caught all three passes and scored a touchdown on each reception.
Did you know?
Watt was only a two-star recruit coming out of Pewaukee (Wis.) High School and began his college career as a tight end at Central Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin, where he was originally a walk-on defensive end.
After starting 83 straight games to begin his career, Watt missed the final 13 games in the 2016 season after having a second back surgery in just over two months for a herniated disc. He suffered a season-ending fractured left leg in the fifth game of the 2017 season.
During the 2017 season, Watt donated $100,000 of his own money that was the catalyst for an effort that raised more than $37 million for the Houston-area relief fund in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Harvey.
On Dec. 28, 2014, Watt had three sacks, including one for a safety against the Jaguars. The last sack gave him 20.5 for the season, making him the first and only NFL player with two seasons of 20 or more sacks.
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