J.J. Watt Pat Tillman J.J. Watt boarded the plane for the Cardinals game against the 49ers, the last of his career, honoring Pat Tillman.

Sunday’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers will mark the final game in the legendary career of J.J. Watt, who announced his retirement after Week 16. And as the Cardinals took off for the Bay Area, Watt honored a legend.

On the plane ride, Watt was wearing a Pat Tillman shirt, honoring Arizona’s former safety who joined the Army after the 2001 NFL season and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004.

Watt posted a photo on his Instagram, with the caption “Pat.” The Cardinals also posted the tribute on their Twitter page with the message “For Pat,” along with a heart.

Football fans honored Watt’s choice.

“Going to miss this #classy competitor. Thanks, @JJWatt,” one fan tweeted.

Another fan simply called the tribute “awesome.”

“I love JJ Watt!! Gonna miss him a ton! Let’s have some fun!” said Andy Kwong, writer for Revenge of the Birds.

Jim Omohundro, a longtime manager and producer for the Cardinals radio broadcasts, also commended the move and noted that Watt’s final game will be close to Tillman’s hometown.

“The @AZCardinals are staying in Pat Tillman’s hometown of San Jose. Great choice by @JJWatt to honor Pat on the flight to Watt’s final @NFL game,” he said.

Indeed, Leland High School, Tillman’s alma mater, is less than 20 miles from Levi’s Stadium, where Watt’s NFL career will end in Week 18.

[Arizona Cardinals on Twitter, Photo Credit: J.J. Watt on Instagram]

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