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JJ Watt says he’ll stop playing when he’s no longer one of the league's best players

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Last week, JJ Watt said that due to his injuries, last season was one of the toughest he has ever played in during his NFL career. He was playing with a broken hand, herniated disc and groin issues at various points in the 2015 season.

Despite the 27-year-old saying 2015 was a tough year for him, he was still selected as the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year - the third time he has won the award in his career - and he was picked for the Pro Bowl as well. He was also the NFL's sack leader after he had 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and 76 tackles across 16 games.

Yet this week on 610 Sports Radio in Houston, according to CBS, the defensive end revealed that while these injuries might not stop him being one of the top players in the league, he doesn't want to keep playing if he isn't one of the best players in the league anymore.


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“I don’t have any idea what the answer is,” Watt said when asked if he had an ideal age he’d like to play to. “I’m going to continue to play until I feel like I can’t play at that highest level anymore.

“I can tell you right now that I am not going to be one of those guys that is going to play as long as I possibly can. I have no interest in that. I want to go out there, I want to play at an extremely high level, I want to help my team out and I want to love playing the game and I want to have fun playing the game.

"I know I don’t plan on playing the game as long as I possibly can. It’s not going to be terribly longer but I am going to play as long as I can enjoy it and have fun.”

Watt was then asked what era of football he would most like to play in, to which he responded with the 1990’s so he could play with the likes of Reggie White and Brett Favre. When asked why he didn't select a future era, he said: "I don’t want to play in the future. I’m not going to play very much longer, myself.”

Watt could be following the likes of Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson, who have retired this offseason although they're still able to play at a high level in the NFL. They were arguably one of the best players in their position during their prime, but now they're not the best, they've called it a day.

If that is the case, then we might only have four or five more years of Watt in the NFL, which is a real shame.

Calvin Johnson
Houston Texans

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