J.J. Watt gives reason he would return to Texans, NFL

J.J. Watt retired from the NFL following the 2022 season, but there is apparently one scenario in which the three-time Defensive Player of the Year would be willing to strap the pads on again.J.J. Watt gives reason he would return to Texans, NFL

While speaking with reporters at his charity softball game in Sugar Land, Texas, on Saturday night, Watt was asked how he resists the temptation of playing in the NFL again, particularly with his close friend and former teammate DeMeco Ryans now coaching the Houston Texans. Many were surprised when Watt did not completely close the door on a comeback.

Though he made it clear he is very happy spending more time with his family in retirement, Watt said he would be willing to play for Ryans if Ryans “absolutely needs it.”

“I told DeMeco last year, I said, ‘Don’t call unless you absolutely need it, but if you ever do call, I’ll be there.’ But he knows not to call unless he absolutely needs it,” Watt said. “This is the last year I’ll tell him that because I’m not gonna keep training the way I’ve been training. But he knows that if he ever truly does need it, I’ll be there for him.”

The Texans are already a playoff team with a solid roster, so it’s doubtful Ryans would work too hard to try to convince Watt to come back. It is noteworthy, however, that Watt is open to it and still feels he is in football shape even after not playing at all last season.

Watt has himself a great new gig, so the chances of him playing in 2024 are extremely slim.

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