With Watt’s final game approaching Sunday after completing a career of 12 seasons, 151 games and 114.5 sacks, the Cardinals prepared him with a surprise at Saturday’s team meeting, caught in “Hard Knocks In Season.”
Cardinals interim head coach Vance Joseph has singled out Watt, including Watt’s brothers TJ and Derek, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Dak Prescott, Tom Brady, parents John and Connie, wife Kealia and son. A video featuring the core of
Watt was on the verge of tears by the time the first speaker, TJ, finished writing the first sentence, and sobbed by the halfway point of the video.
The messages were mixed, but respectful overall, such as “See you in Canton” from Rodgers and “You’ve been a pain in my butt for a long time” from Brady. It ended with an emotional message from her Kealia:
“Over the last few years it has been such an honor to see you doing whatever it takes to be your best. You have always been so generous, kind and loving to everyone around you. Koa would be very proud to be your son.”
As you can imagine, Watt really appreciated this message.
Watt’s career ended Sunday with a two-sack performance against the San Francisco 49ers. Like Kealia, he was again visibly emotional.
With a career that includes three NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards, five First Team All-Pro Awards, and the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, Watt is almost certain to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. is not. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey he is doing a fundraiser.
Injuries limited his playing time in the latter part of his career, but his peers know Watt is an all-timer.