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J.J. Watt is an American former professional football defensive end who played for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the first round with the 11th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin.

This article is about J.J. Watt’s net worth, contract, salary, earnings, biography, stats, wife, and more.

J.J. Watt’s Biography and Career

Justin James Watt was born on March 22, 1989, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. He attended Pewaukee High School in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a four-year letter-winner in football.

College Career

Watt joined Central Michigan University and played college football for the Chippewas in 2007 as a defensive end. At Central Michigan, he played 14 games, compiling 77 receiving yards and 8 receptions.

Watt went to the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and played college football for the Badgers from 2008-2010. In the 2010 season, he finished with 62 combined tackles (42 solo), 7 sacks, 1 interception for 15 yards, and 9 pass deflections. He was named to the First-team All-American (2010), and First-team All-Big Ten (2010).

Professional Career

J.J. Watt was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round with the 11th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. The defensive end has played 10 seasons with the Texans from 2011-2020, and 2 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals from 2021-2022.

In his rookie season in 2011, Watt started all 16 games and finished with 56 combined tackles ( 49 solo), five and half sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 pass deflections. He was named to the PFWA ALL-Rookie Team (2011).

In the 2022 season, Watt played for the Arizona Cardinals. Starting all 16 games, he recorded 39 combined tackles (30 solo), 12 and a half sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 7 pass deflections.

Watt is considered to be one of the greatest defensive linemen of all time. He received the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award 3 times in his first 5 seasons. He was a 5-time Pro Bowl (2012-15, 2018), and was named to the First-team All-Pro 5 times (2012-15, 2018.

J.J. Watt’s Net Worth and Salary

In 2024, defensive end J.J. Watt’s net worth is $55 million. His prime source of earnings is the NFL salaries that he received. His average annual salary was $14 million for the Cardinals.


In 2021, Watt signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, worth $28 million. The contract came with a signing bonus of $12 million and a total guarantee of $23 million.

In 2011, Watt signed a four-year rookie contract with the Houston Texans, worth $11,237,498.

Career Earnings

Watt has played 12 seasons in his career. His career earnings are $129,748,000 only from football salaries.

The following table refers to Watt’s career earnings in 12 seasons.

2011Houston Texans$7,047,728
2012Houston Texans$885,795
2013Houston Texans$1,396,590
2014Houston Texans$10,907,385
2015Houston Texans$19,969,000
2016Houston Texans$10,500,000
2017Houston Texans$10,500,000
2018Houston Texans$11,000,000
2019Houston Texans$13,000,000
2020Houston Texans$15,541,502
2021Arizona Cardinals$14,500,000
2022Arizona Cardinals$14,500,000

Personal Info

Full NameJustin James Watt
BornMarch 22, 1989
Previous ClubArizona Cardinals
NFL Draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
PositionDefensive end
Shirt No.99
Age 34
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 288 lb (131 kg)
BirthplacePewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Nationality American
Net Worth$55 million 
Previous Average Annual Salary$14 million
Relationship StatusMarried
WifeKealia Watt
Instagram @jjwatt


J.J. Watt’s gorgeous wife is Kealia Watt. They started dating in 2016 and tied the knot in 2020.

JJ Watt wife Kealia
Source: Instagram


Born on March 22, 1989, he is 34 years old.


He is 196 cm (6 ft 5 in) tall.


He is 288 lbs (131 kg).

NFL Stats

[As of Week 18, 2022]

Total Tackles586
Pass Deflections70
Forced Fumbles27
Fumble Recoveries17


What is J.J. Watt’s Net Worth?

His net worth is $55 million.

How much was his average annual salary?

$14 million.

Which college did he play for?

Central Michigan University, and the University of Wisconsin.

What is his shirt no.?

He wore No. 99 for the Cardinals.

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