Watt was born on March 22, 1989 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. As a senior, Watt had 70 tackles, 10 sacks, and a school-record 22.5 tackles for loss. He added five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Offensively, as a tight end, Watt had 26 catches for 400 yards and six TDs. He was named to the All-Woodland Conference first team as both a tight end and defensive end.
According to Rivals.com, Watt was considered a two-star recruit and was not ranked as a defensive end or a tight end.
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MICHIGAN
In one season at Central Michigan, Watt played tight end and caught eight passes for 77 yards. Due to the direction of the program, Watt transferred to Wisconsin.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
He was redshirted in 2008 and returned in 2009 to start 13 games at defensive end for the Badgers. He finished his first season at Wisconsin with 44 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.
In 2010, Watt won the Ronnie Lott Trophy for Defensive Impact Player after recording 62 tackles, 21 tackles for loss (second in the Big-Ten), and 7 sacks (second in the Big-Ten).
Watt was drafted by the Texans with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
After starting all 16 games as rookie and recording 5.5 sacks, Watt had one of the greatest seasons in NFL history for a defensive end. He finished the 2012 NFL Season with 81 tackles and a league-leading 20.5 sacks, tied for the sixth-most in a single season. He was named the 2012 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and to his first Pro Bowl.
He followed up 2012 with another Pro-Bowl appearance and first-team All-Pro recognition after recording 80 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2013.
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