WATCH: J.J. Watt gets emotional as NFL legends, family members honor him in surprise video before last game

Throughout J.J. Watt’s profession, he has actually sealed himself as one of the best protective gamers in NFL history. He not just was successful on the field, however likewise made his mark off the field with his charitable contributions.

Right after Christmas, Watt required to Twitter to reveal he was hanging up the cleats after the season. So, prior to his last video game Sunday versus the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals shocked the future Hall of Fame pass rush with a tear-jerking video collection of congratulatory messages from relative, NFL gamers and coaches, and more. 

You can see the complete video above, however here are a few of the messages Watt got:

“Brother, I just wanted to say congratulations on retirement,” stated T.J. Watt, J.J.’s sibling and Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro linebacker, to start the video. “You and your resiliency throughout all the ups and downs. You ending up in the NFL and you being a Defensive Player of the Year and you having all the success that you had, showed me that it’s possible.”

JJ’s other sibling, Steelers fullback Derek Watt, likewise made a look, as did his moms and dads, Connie and John, and his other half, Kealia, who was holding their two-and-a-half-month child, Koa.

“Congrats on your retirement and your Hall of Fame career,” Derek stated. “It’s been so special having a front row seat to it all and I couldn’t be more proud of you. Love you, bro.”

In addition to his household, NFL gamers previous and present likewise had some kind words for Watt.

“Congratulations, buddy. See you in Canton.” stated Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Congratulations on your incredible football career.” included Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

“Man, you were a big pain in my ass for a long time,” followed future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. “It was an honor to share the field with you.”

Watt was a five-time first-team All-Pro and is 24th all-time in sacks with 114.5. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2017.

And even after 12 NFL seasons, Watt revealed Sunday that he might still control. He taped 2 sacks in his last video game, offering him 12.5 for the season — the second-most by a gamer in his last year in league history (Jamir Miller had 13.0 for the 2001 Browns).

“I said I wanted to go out playing good ball and I’m playing good ball,” Watt stated after the Week 18 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “I know I still can, I’m just choosing not to, that’s all.”

Watt’s tradition will survive on far past the period of his profession, and the profusion of assistance and congratulations reveal simply what an effect he had on the NFL neighborhood.

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