Justin James Watt, usually known as J.J. Watt, was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on March 22, 1989. A defensive end for the Houston Texans, he is a two-time first team All-Pro, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and one-time Pro Bowl captain. Watt's record-breaking 2012 NFL season is widely regarded as one of the best in history by a defensive player.
In his youth, Watt attended Pewaukee High School, where he played as both a defensive end and tight end and was a starter for two years. As a senior, he was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Athlete of the Year and the Woodland Conference Player of the Year. Although he was not considered amongst the nation's top prospects in either of the positions he played, he was ranked inside the top ten prospects for Wisconsin state and attracted interest from various colleges. Watt eventually settled on Central Michigan University.
However, after a frustrating year in 2007, Watt decided to transfer to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Having redshirted in 2008, he went on to play all 13 games for the Wisconsin Badgers during the 2009 season, settling into a defensive end role. In 2010, Watt recorded 59 tackles and seven sacks and was the winner of the Lott Trophy.
During the 2011 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Watt with the 11th overall pick of the first round. He went on to enjoy a promising rookie year, finishing the regular season with 56 tackles and helping the franchise to clinch their first ever NFL Playoff berth. The Texans would eventually reach the Divisional Round, before being beaten by the Baltimore Ravens.
In 2012, Watt enjoyed a remarkable sophomore year, in which he set a new franchise record for most sacks in a single season. During a week 13 win over the Tennessee Titans, he became the first NFL player to ever manage 16.5 sacks and tip 15 passes in one season. He finished the year with a total of 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 16 passes defended. As a result, Watt was named Defensive Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and the PFWA, was a first team All-Pro selection and made his first Pro Bowl appearance. After the 2013 season, he was once again named first team All-Pro and captained Team Sanders during the Pro Bowl.
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