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Sports Smack: Watt in the world

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The Houston Texans saga continues to spiral downward. This past Friday the team cut ties with perhaps the franchise's most beloved player, J.J. Watt.

On Friday, it was announced that Watt had asked for and had been granted his release by the Texans, signifying that he and the McNair family have mutually parted ways. It was the latest move in a tumultuous offseason for a Texans team currently dealing with a trade request from franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson.

From 2011-2020 Watt was the heart not only of the Texans defense but the team in general. He was a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a five-time pro bowler, and the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

In college Watt played TE for Central Michigan before transferring to the University of Wisconsin as a DE.

He was drafted 11th overall by the Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft and has been a force, a nightmare for opposing offenses.

He currently holds the Texans franchise records of most career sacks (100) and most forced (22) and recovered fumbles (12).

Immediately following word of Watt’s release from Houston, fans from Dallas were chomping at the bit for the all-pro defender to come to the Cowboys.

Watt’s presence and passion on the field was contagious, giving fans a reason to be excited about a team that was always close to breaking through in January but never did.

In August 2017, as he watched the city get pummeled by Hurricane Harvey, Watt started a fundraiser to help those affected by the storm.

What started as a goal of raising $200,000 quickly turned into a life-changing $41.6 million. Watt said it was his mission to make sure the money raised made as large of an impact as possible.

Ultimately, the 2020 season showed how far the Texans were from accomplishing Watt’s ultimate goal of winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history, and the McNair family honored his request to try to win somewhere else.