Players retiring early will be a growing concern for the NFL, Or, at least, it should be. Initially, fringe players were calling it quits relatively early in their careers, but we’ve since seen star players, such as Calvin Johnson, retire at 30. Life after football has become way more important than Canton, Ohio for some guys.
Is J.J. Watt one of those guys? Not today, but perhaps soon. The 27-year-old defensive menace would not rule out hanging it up in 3 or 4 years. That doesn’t mean that he will, but typically, you’ll hear guys say they want to play until they’re at certain age. But things have changed. Awareness is up and who knows what that means for the NFL.
“I have no idea when it’s going to be, when I’ll retire,” Watt said. “I’m not saying it’s not going to be two, three, four years. But I’m also not saying it’s going to be nine, 10, 11 years. I literally do not know the answer. What I do know is I’m going to continue to train my ass off. I’m going to continue to work to be the best player in the world, and whenever that doesn’t sound fun to me anymore, that’s when it’s over.”