J.J. Watt Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For the last 12 seasons, star defensive end JJ Watt has been one of the most dominant pass rushers in the entire NFL. But while he still appears to be in his prime, it looks like he’ll be walking away from the game

On Tuesday, JJ Watt announced in a Tweet that he will be retiring from the NFL following this season.

“Koa’s first ever NFL game. My last ever NFL home game. My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure,” Watt said in a Tweet.

Watt’s decision to retire from the game is obviously an absolutely shocking decision and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter following the announcement.

“One of the game’s best announces that he’s walking away — while playing his best football. JJ Watt is retiring after the season,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said on Twitter.

“I’m not sure there were more than a handful of football players in the history of the game who were as good at JJ Watt at his best – an easy Hall of Famer,” Bill Barnwell of ESPN said in a Tweet.

“One of the greatest players of his generation: J.J. Watt says goodbye,” Tom Pelissero of NFL Media said in a Tweet.

“J.J. Watt is one of 3 players to win Defensive Player of the Year 3 times (Lawrence Taylor and Aaron Donald the others). The only players since the merger (1970) with multiple Rec TD and multiple Interceptions returned for TD are J.J. Watt and Deion Sanders,” ESPN Stats and Info said in a Tweet.

It’s safe to say he’ll be headed for the Hall of Fame in the future.

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