For Americans, football is equal to what Cricket is for Indians. It is undisputedly the most popular sport in America- with almost 35% Americans opining that the NFL is their favourite sporting event. One name that has caught the attention of fans as well as stakeholders alike in the football arena, is the young-blood- J J Watt.
The 28 year old is a defensive end who plays for the Houston Texans in the NFL. Although he mostly plays a defensive end, sometimes he also tries his hand at defensive tackle and has had his share on offense, catching three touchdown passes during the 2014 season.
He is a three time Pro-Bowler and record holder for the most number of sacks and forced fumbles in the Texans franchise, in addition to being the first NFL player to record two 20 sack seasons .Being a recipient of The AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award , which he won three times in his first five seasons, this young player has already laid a firm foundation with a bright future ahead of him. On that note, let us explore the estimated net worth of J J Watt.
Justin James Watt( J J Watt) was born on March 22, 1989 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to parents John and Connie Watt. The family, consists of three children, J J Watt and his two brothers- Derek Watt and T J Watt, who also play in the NFL for LA Chargers and The Pittsburgh Stealers respectively. In his childhood, Watt tried his hand at hockey from age four to age 13 but gave it up due to financial and convenience reasons and focused on football, which he was passionate about.
Having attended Pewaukee High School, ,he was selected for first-team All-State during his senior year and this was followed by numerous other awards and recognitions.
Today, he is the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, a non-profit that aims to provide children with extra-curricular opportunities , in order to give them an exposure to Athletics and sports in a healthy and conducive environment. Watt was also nominated for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award, which was a grand success and raised over $64000.
Watt is also known for his heartfelt interaction and affection for children- specifically the children from the Berry family who had lost their parents in an accident and also his gesture of reaching out to the families that were affected by the unfortunate Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting incident. Apart from this Watt has also appeared in the 2016 Comedy film movie “Bad Moms” donning the role of Coach Craig.
His college career began as he received a scholarship offer from Central Michigan University and enrolled there, but instead he decided to forgo his scholarship and move on to the University of Wisconsin.
Having been a part of the Houstan Texans since 2011, Watt continues to be a part of the team, having renewed his contract by signing an Extension worth $100 mn in 2014.
Over the span of six years( starting 2011), J J Watt has had quite an illustrious career, with its fair share of ups and downs. In the 2012 season, he recorded three sacks in a game, giving him a total of 14.5, thus breaking the Texans’ record for number of sacks in a season.
2014 was probably the most eventful year for Watt. Having become the first player in NFL history to have 20 or more sacks in separate seasons and also finishing the season with a career-high of 5 fumble recoveries and touchdowns each, he also signed a historic $100 million extension contract with the Texans, valid for the next six years.
How much is J J Watt Net Worth in 2017
With his budding career already being propelled to heights, this legend in the making has amassed approximately $20 million through his Salary, awards and other rewards, followed by almost $7 million through endorsements of numerous brands like Reebok, Gatorade and Ford – which is again a record as no other defensive player has garnered more than $2 million through endorsements, at least in such a brief period of time. All of this combined with the historic Extension deal he singed with the Texans, which was worth a staggering $100 million- with the pact guaranteeing him $51.9 million, including a $10 million signing bonus, thus pegging his net worth at almost $90 million US dollars as of 2017.
It is evident from all the aforementioned facts and figures that J J Watt is a legend in the making. With a net worth of approximately $90 million( including all the aforementioned factors and figures) at a tender age of 28,this young-blood , hot seed from the Houstan Texans has laid a firm foundation for his extremely bright Football career and is on the way to scale more heights and create a legacy of his own.