Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Watt: ‘I wanna leave this game with a damn trophy’

May 12, 2022, 1:30 PM | Updated: 1:41 pm

J.J. Watt #99 of the Arizona Cardinals plays catch with fans before the game against the Houston Te...

J.J. Watt #99 of the Arizona Cardinals plays catch with fans before the game against the Houston Texans at State Farm Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt does not want any “what ifs” when his playing days are over.

Watt joined How I Got Here with Chris Paul, a pre-recorded web show on Bloomberg that aired Thursday, and the two Valley sports stars discussed finance and where they are in their careers.

Naturally in a conversation with many investment topics, retirement came up and the two spoke candidly about it.

Watt, who is 33 years old, said he’s thought about the possibility of retirement since he was 26. He’s gone through a myriad of injuries, including last season when he hurt his shoulder in Week 7.

But, he said something takes over him when he thinks about the eventuality of hanging up the cleats.

“Every time it ever creeps into my head, I’m a competitor,” Watt said. “I’m a competitor, man, and I wanna win. I wanna leave this game with damn trophy.”

That spirit shined though when he came back for the Cardinals’ Wild Card Round playoff game against the odds last year to help his team.

Watt said he still has goals he wants to accomplish and understands the consequences and pain it takes to achieve “glory.”

“I don’t ever wanna look back and say, ‘Man I wish I would’ve’ or ‘I wish I could’ve.'”

Watt flipped the topic to Paul, who turned 37 during the NBA playoffs in which the Suns are battling the Dallas Mavericks in the second round.

Paul said he still loves the game the same as when he was a rookie or a five-year-old.

He admitted it gets difficult waking up and not getting to see his wife and kids, but his love of the game is too strong to walk away before he physically can’t play anymore.

“I don’t care how many investments I have or anything, I’m worried about that day,” Paul said. “When that day comes, I’ll call you.”

Watt and Paul both have aspirations for after their final games.

Watt mentioned having an interest in team ownership, especially on the women’s side. Paul said he would love to be an owner, as well.

But, first things first.


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