J. J. Watt

Justin James "J. J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and played college football at Wisconsin.

Watt received the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons.[1] Although primarily a defensive end, he occasionally shifts to defensive tackle in some situations. He has also taken snaps on offense, catching three touchdown passes during the 2014 season. In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career.[2] He holds the Texans' franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles. In 2017, Sports Illustrated named Watt its Sportsperson of the Year.

J. J. Watt
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Watt with the Houston Texans in 2012
No. 99 – Houston Texans
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:March 22, 1989 (age 29)
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Pewaukee
(Pewaukee, Wisconsin)
College:Wisconsin
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:455
Sacks:92.0
Pass deflections:51
Forced fumbles:22
Fumble recoveries:12
Interceptions:1
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Watt was born on March 22, 1989, in Waukesha, Wisconsin,[3] to parents Connie, a building operations vice-president, and John Watt, a firefighter. Both of J.J.'s younger brothers are in the NFL as well – Derek Watt is a fullback for the Los Angeles Chargers, and T. J. Watt plays linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watt played hockey from age four to age 13[4] and played for travel teams that traveled to Canada and Germany. He gave up hockey when weekly games started to conflict with his schedule and for financial reasons.[5] Watt also played football throughout his childhood and became passionate about the sport while he was in fifth grade.[4]

Watt attended Pewaukee High School, where he was a four-year letter-winner in football and also lettered in basketball, baseball, and track and field.[6] During his senior year, he was selected for first-team All-State. He earned the Woodland Conference Player of the Year Award his senior year, and first-team All-State, All-County, All-Area, and All-Conference selections as tight end and defensive end. He was also named the team's MVP.[7] During his senior year, Watt accumulated a total of 399 receiving yards, 26 catches, and 5 touchdowns.[8]

Watt followed in his father's footsteps and competed in the shot put during his senior season, earning first-team All-state selection.[9][10] He captured the state title in the shot put at the 2007 WIAA Division II Championship, setting a new school record with a throw of 59 ft, 11.5 in (18.28 meters).[11]

Recruiting

Regarded as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Watt was ranked neither among the top tight end nor among the top defensive end prospects in his class. After official visits to Central Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota, Watt chose to play for Central Michigan under coach Butch Jones.[12]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
J. J. Watt
Defensive End
Pewaukee, WI Pewaukee HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.70 Jan 30, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
2 stars
   Rivals:
2 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 63
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  ESPN: 172 (DE)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Central Michigan Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  • "2007 Central Michigan Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014.

College career

J.J. Watt
Watt after the Badgers vs. Northwestern game in 2010

Central Michigan

Watt received a scholarship offer from Central Michigan University and matriculated there. Watt has stated that he was led to believe by Butch Jones that, as a tight end, he would have the opportunity to score touchdowns. At Central Michigan, he played 14 games, compiling 77 receiving yards and 8 receptions.[13][14] Watt's coaches, led by Butch Jones, suggested that he move to offensive tackle, but Watt decided to forgo his starting spot and scholarship to walk on at the University of Wisconsin, where he played as a defensive end.[15]

Wisconsin

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Watt was redshirted for the 2008 season and was named Wisconsin's Scout Team Player of the Year. In 2009, he played in 13 games as defensive end. In a game against Hawaii on December 5, 2009, Watt had a career-high of two sacks for nine yards, three tackles for loss, six tackles, and one quarterback hurry. Watt finished the season with 32 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, four and a half sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, and five passes defended.[16] He also earned his first letter. On November 20, 2010, against Michigan, he recorded his first collegiate interception.[17] Overall, in the 2010 season, Watt played in 13 games and led the team in tackles for loss, quarterback hurries, blocked kicks, and forced fumbles. He finished the season with 42 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception for 15 yards, nine passes defended, and three fumbles forced.[18] He earned the Ronnie Lott Trophy in 2010, voted AP and Sports Illustrated second-team All- American, All-Big Ten first-team, academic All-Big Ten, and was voted the team's MVP.[7]

College statistics

Central Michigan Chippewas
Year Class Position GP Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rec Yards Avg TD Att Yards Avg TD Plays Yards Avg TD
2007 Freshman TE 14 8 77 9.6 0 0 0 0.0 0 8 77 9.6 0
Wisconsin Badgers
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2009 Redshirt Sophomore DE 13 32 12 44 15.5 4.5 0 0 0.0 0 5 0 0 0 0
2010 Redshirt Junior DE 13 42 20 62 21.0 7.0 1 15 15.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 38 in
(1.97 m)
290 lb
(132 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
11 18 in
(0.28 m)
4.84 s 1.64 s 2.71 s 4.21 s 6.88 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
34 reps 31[19]
All values are from NFL Scouting Combine[20][21]

Watt skipped his senior season, entering the 2011 NFL Draft. At the 2011 NFL Combine, Watt was a top performer in all combine categories except the 40-yard dash.[22] On April 28, 2011, he was selected in the first round by the Houston Texans with the 11th overall pick.[23] He was the first defensive end to be selected in the 2011 draft.[24] The Texans signed Watt to a four-year, $11.24 million contract on July 31, 2011.[25]

2011 season: Rookie year

In the 2011 season, Watt started all 16 games. In the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, Watt had five tackles and a fumble recovery in his NFL debut.[26] On November 27, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Watt had his first multi-sack game with 2.0 in the 20–13 victory.[27] Watt finished his rookie year with 48 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, and 5.5 sacks. The Texans qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.[28][29]

In the playoffs, Watt recorded 11 solo tackles, three assisted tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown, one pass defended, and four sacks in two games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.[30][31] Watt was named Texans Team Rookie of the Year, USA Today All-Joe Team, and Pro-Football Weekly/PWFA All-Rookie Team.[32]

2012 season

In 2012, Watt had one of the best seasons for a defensive player in NFL history. Watt finished the season with 69 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 20.5 sacks, 16 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in both September and December.[33] On November 22, 2012, in a game against the Detroit Lions, Watt recorded three sacks, to give him a total of 14.5, breaking the Texans' record for sacks in a season, which was previously held by Mario Williams.[34][35] On December 16, against the Indianapolis Colts, Watt recorded three sacks and ten total tackles in a 29–17 victory.[36] The Texans made the playoffs again in 2012, and Watt recorded six solo tackles, three assisted tackles, two passes defended, two sacks in two games.[37][38][39][40] Watt finished the season 2.5 sacks shy of Michael Strahan's single-season record for sacks, set in 2001.[41] Watt was named to the 2013 NFL Pro-Bowl Team on December 26, 2012. Watt also was named Texans Team Most Valuable Player, USA Football Fundamentals Team, PFW First-Team All-Pro, Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Most Valuable Player, NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, AP First-Team All-Pro, and the AP Defensive Player of the Year.[33] Watt received 49 out of 50 votes for the Defensive Player of the Year award. He is the first Texans player to receive an NFL Player of the Year award.[42] Watt was the 17th defensive lineman and only the eighth defensive end to receive the award since 1971.[43] Watt also made the highest debut on NFL Network's Top 100 Players list for 2012, coming in at number five.[44]

2013 season

Philip Rivers, JJ Watt, Nick Mangold 2014 Pro Bowl (cropped)
Watt during the 2014 Pro Bowl

Watt had a strong season, but the Texans struggled as a whole, in the 2013 season.[45] In Week 2, against the Tennessee Titans, Watt had his first two sacks of the season in a 30–24 win.[46] From Weeks 7–12, he recorded at least one sack in each game.[47][48][49][50][51] Overall, in the 2013 season, Watt recorded 65 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, seven passes defended, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.[33][52] The Texans, however, had a losing season and finished with a 2–14 record.[53] Watt was named to the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl and was a Pro Bowl Captain.[33]

2014 season

J.J. Watt 2014 Pro Bowl
Watt during 2014 Pro Bowl coin toss

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Texans and Watt agreed to a six-year contract extension, worth $100 million.[54] Watt received $30.9 million at signing and he will receive $21 million at the start of the 2016 season if he is on the roster. This contract made him the NFL's highest paid non-quarterback, based on average yearly salary.[55]

In a game against the Oakland Raiders, on September 14, 2014, Watt became the first defensive player in Texans history to score a touchdown from scrimmage. Watt scored the touchdown on a one-yard catch after coming into the game as a tight end.[56][57] Watt scored his second touchdown of the season on September 28, 2014, against the Buffalo Bills. Watt picked off a pass from Buffalo's EJ Manuel that was intended for Fred Jackson, and returned 80 yards for a touchdown.[58] With this touchdown, Watt became tied at sixth for the longest interception return by a defensive lineman. Watt's touchdown was also the fourth longest interception return in Houston Texans history.[59] During the game, Watt hit Manuel nine times, but was flagged twice for roughing the passer. Watt was fined $16,537 for only one of the incidents.[60] Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.[61]

In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, on October 9, 2014, Watt forced Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to fumble the ball. Watt recovered the ball and returned 45 yards for a touchdown.[62][63]

For his fourth touchdown of the season, Watt caught a two-yard pass from Texans quarterback, Ryan Mallett, for Mallett's first NFL touchdown pass. Watt recorded 4 solo tackles, an assisted tackle, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the same game, which was on November 16, 2014, against the Cleveland Browns.[64][65]

Watt scored his fifth touchdown on November 30, 2014, catching a one-yard pass from Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.[66] With this reception, Watt became the first defensive lineman to have scored at least five touchdowns in a season since 1944.[67]

On December 21, 2014, Watt recorded his 54th sack as a Texan in a 25–13 win against the Baltimore Ravens.[68] With that sack, he surpassed Mario Williams as the franchise leader in sacks. On December 28, 2014, Watt had a sack for his first career safety against the Jacksonville Jaguars which gave him three sacks on the day[69][70] and 20.5 on the season, becoming the first player in NFL history to have 20 or more sacks in separate seasons.[71] Watt also finished the season with a career-high 5 fumble recoveries and 5 touchdowns.[72]

For his outstanding season, Watt was unanimously named to the 2014 All-Pro First Team as a defensive end and named to the All-Pro second team as a defensive tackle. Watt was also named to the 2015 Pro Bowl where Cris Carter, team captain of Team Carter, selected Watt to be his captain on defense. During the game, Watt recorded a fumble recovery and an interception and after the game was named Defensive MVP. He also won the Defensive Player of the Year award, one of the few to win the award multiple times, and became the first defensive player since 2008 to get votes for the MVP award, receiving 13.[73] After the season, Watt was named to the top spot in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[74]

2015 season

Despite battling a groin injury and a fractured left hand, Watt started all 16 games in 2015 making 76 tackles, an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, 8 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. In the regular season finale, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Watt had a season-high three sacks to go along with eight total tackles.[75] He was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl, which was his fourth consecutive appearance, and also received his third Defensive Player of the Year award, the only player aside from Lawrence Taylor to do so. With the Texans finishing the season 9–7, the team clinched an AFC South division title but were shut out 30-0 by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round.[76][77][78] On January 12, 2016, Watt underwent groin surgery for a sports hernia.[79] This forced Watt to withdraw from the 2016 Pro Bowl. This was his fourth straight Pro Bowl honors to go along with his fourth straight first-team All-Pro. He was ranked as the top defensive lineman and the third best player on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[80]

2016 season

On July 21, 2016, Watt underwent back surgery for a herniated disc. He began training camp on the PUP list, but returned in Week 1 to start the season in a victory over the Chicago Bears.[81][82] In Week 2, he had 1.5 sacks and five total tackles against the Kansas City Chiefs.[83] On September 22, in the game against the New England Patriots, Watt recorded two assisted tackles in last action of the season.[84] On September 28, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve.[85] The following day, he underwent back surgery again, and was officially ruled out for the rest of the season after playing three games and recording 1.5 sacks.[86] Even though Watt played in only three games, he was ranked 35th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[87]

2017 season

Watt returned from his injury to play in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[88] During Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, Watt left the game after an apparent leg injury. It was later revealed that he suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg.[89] He underwent surgery the next day and was ruled out the remainder of the season.[90] In only 5 games, Watt finished with 11 tackles and 2 passes defended.[91] Despite the limited action, he was still ranked 84th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[92]

During the 2017 season, Watt raised upwards of $40 million for relief and recovery efforts for the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. The entire sum was raised through an online drive after he donated $100,000 of his own money as the starting base. Watt commented that this season "was always about more than football."[93] Watt was co-named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year for 2017 for his humanitarian efforts. Watt was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.[94]

2018 season

J.J. Watt 2018—2
Watt in 2018

Watt returned from his injury in time for the season opener against the New England Patriots. After being held without a sack in the first two weeks, Watt collected three sacks and eight combined tackles in the Week 3 27-22 defeat against the New York Giants, his first sacks since Week 2 of 2016.[95] He followed that up with two sacks the following week in the OT win against the Indianapolis Colts. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the month of September after recording five sacks, 20 tackles, and four forced fumbles.[96] In Week 12, Watt recorded nine tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a 34-17 win over the Tennessee Titans, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[97] After only recording 1.5 sacks in his previous two injury plagued seasons, Watt finished the season with 16 sacks, second in the league behind Aaron Donald, and was named a First Team All Pro for the fifth time in his career. [98]

NFL statistics

Legend
Led the league
NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions Other Receiving
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD Sfty KB Rec Tgts Yds Avg Long TD
2011 HOU 16 16 56 48 8 5.5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 HOU 16 16 81 69 12 20.5 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 HOU 16 16 80 65 15 10.5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 HOU 16 16 78 59 19 20.5 4 5 59 1 1 80 80 80T 1 10 1 1 3 3 4 1.3 2 3
2015 HOU 16 16 76 57 19 17.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2016 HOU 3 3 8 1 7 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 HOU 5 5 15 11 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 HOU 16 16 61 47 14 16.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 99 99 455 357 98 92.0 22 12 68 1 1 80 80 80T 1 51 1 4 3 4 4 1.3 2 3

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions Other Receiving
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD Sfty KB Rec Tgts Yds Avg Long TD
2011 HOU 2 2 14 11 3 3.5 0 0 0 0 1 29 29.0 29T 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 HOU 2 2 9 6 3 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 HOU 1 1 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 HOU 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2018 HOU 1 1 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 6 6 26 19 7 5.0 0 0 0 0 1 29 29.0 29T 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0

Awards and highlights

NFL

Houston Texans franchise records

  • Most career sacks (92.0)
  • Most career forced (22) and recovered fumbles (12)

College

Personal life

Watt played ice hockey from age four until he was thirteen years old, traveling as far as Canada and Germany for tournaments. Watt said that he played "primarily as a center and was a goal scorer."[100] Because of the financial cost of the sport and making a choice between hockey and football, Watt stopped playing hockey to focus on football. Watt has joked that he "may or may not" use skating as part of his offseason training.[101]

JJ Watt-Davin Joseph-Warrior Recovery Center-March 2013 (cropped)
Watt (right) with Davin Joseph (second from left) and two U.S. soldiers at Regional Command South in March 2013

While an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Watt delivered pizzas for a Pewaukee Pizza Hut.[102]

On July 22, 2015, Watt was named the Vice-President of Power Relations for Reliant. Reliant is a retail electric provider in Texas, also a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc.[103]

On February 15, 2018, Baylor College of Medicine announced that Watt would receive an honorary degree from their medical school.[104] On May 29, 2018 He received the degree of Doctor of Humanities in Medicine.[105]

He is the older brother of Los Angeles Chargers fullback Derek Watt and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T. J. Watt.

He is in a relationship with Houston Dash soccer player Kealia Ohai and lives in Sealy, Texas.[106]

Watt was named the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Daytona 500.[107][108]

Since 2016, Watt has been in a relationship with soccer player Kealia Ohai.[109]

Charitable work

Watt is the president and founder of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, a charity organization that provides after-school opportunities for children in various communities, in order for them to get involved in athletics in a safe environment.[110][111] This foundation's motto, "Dream Big, Work Hard" is sold on wristbands and T-shirts. Since this foundation was launched in 2010, Watt has raised over $1 million.[111] While most of the schools that benefit from the fundraising are in Texas and Wisconsin, schools in Alabama, Illinois, and California have also received donations. Watt's mother, Connie, is the vice president of the organization. Watt and the J.J. Watt Foundation host a Charity Classic, Run/Walk, Golf Outing, and Tailgate annually.[112] The Charity Classic is a softball game held at Constellation Field, in Sugar Land, Texas, in which Texans players participate in a game, and Home Run Derby to raise money for the foundation.[113] The inaugural Charity Classic game was in 2013, and the 2014 Charity Classic raised over $436,433 towards his foundation.[114] On August 26, 2014, Watt received the Texans Spirit of the Bull Community Award.[115] On November 14, 2014, Watt was nominated for the NFL's Salute to Service Award that honors either a coach, player, or owner for their efforts in supporting the country's service men and women.[116] Due to the extremely good turnout in 2014, the annual Charity Classic has been moved to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. The 2015 event raised over $640,000. For the 2017 game, Watt invited Arnold Schwarzenegger and swimmer Simone Manuel, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and native of Houston.[117]

Watt is also known for his interactions with children. On July 2, 2011, the Berry family was traveling home from a vacation in Colorado Springs. The parents, Joshua and Robin Berry were killed in a head-on collision while also leaving their two sons, Peter and Aaron handicapped. Their daughter, Willa, suffered minor injuries. Watt met the children at a fundraiser and grew close with them. He played wheelchair basketball with them and mimed rolling a wheelchair after sacking a quarterback in a 2012 game. The mime was an agreed upon signal between the Berry children and Watt as a post-sack celebration.[118] In 2012, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Watt found out some of the families that were affected were in the Houston area. He invited them out on the field to hang out and throw the football. He then proceeded to give them signed merchandise that he had worn in previous games.[119] In October 2015, he dressed up as Batman to surprise kids at the Texas Children's Hospital for a Halloween party.[120]

He also has raised over $37 million ($100,000 of which he personally donated) to help Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey, surpassing his initial goal of $200,000.[121][122]

After the Santa Fe High School shooting on May 18, 2018 that left eight students and two teachers dead, Watt offered to pay for the funerals of the dead.[123]

Filmography

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2014 The League Himself Multiple appearances
2015 New Girl Himself "The Right Thing"
2016 Bad Moms Coach Craig
2016 CMT Music Awards Himself/Co-Host Alongside W Erin Andrews

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2014 All-Pro Team

The 2014 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and the Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2014 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2015 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 20, 2015. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2016 Houston Texans season

The 2016 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 15th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Bill O'Brien. The Texans' attempt to make history as the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home field, NRG Stadium, was thwarted in the second round of the 2016-17 NFL playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

The Texans finished 9–7 for the third season in a row and clinched the AFC South for the second season in a row, winning their fourth overall division title — the Texans finished tied with the Tennessee Titans, but won the tiebreaker based on record vs. division opponents. The 2016 season marked the first time in franchise history that the Texans swept the Indianapolis Colts. This marks the second time in team history that the Texans made the playoffs in back to back years, and the first since 2011–12. This was also the first time in their franchise history where their defense ranked number one in the league, despite losing their injured star defensive end J. J. Watt for most of the season, only allowing 20.5 points per game and only 301.3 yards per game.

After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 30–0 in the Wild Card Round the previous season, the Texans defeated the Oakland Raiders 27–14 and advanced to the Divisional Round for the first time since the 2012 season, where they lost to the New England Patriots 16–34.

2017 Houston Texans season

The 2017 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Bill O'Brien. With the Texans' loss at the Titans in Week 13, Houston exceeded their loss total (7) from 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Texans clinched their first losing season since 2013 (and their first under Bill O'Brien), and finished in last place in the AFC South for the first time since 2013.

The team were with high hopes with Deshaun Watson as their starting quarterback who broke rookie records while playing in his games. However, after a loss in Week 8, Watson tore his ACL during practice that marked him out for the rest of the season. The team was forced to turn to Tom Savage as their starter replacement for Watson. Savage could not fill the void, as the Texans struggled for the remainder of the season and finished 4–12 in the AFC standings, tied for second-worst with Indianapolis. The team was also affected by the loss of defensive end J.J. Watt, who for the second consecutive season was lost early, this time after suffering an injury in game 5.

This was also the last full season under the ownership of Bob McNair, who died during the 2018 season.

2018 All-Pro Team

The 2018 All-Pro teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2018 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2019 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and will be released at a later date. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

5th Annual NFL Honors

The 5th Annual NFL Honors was the awards presentation by the National Football League honoring its best players from the 2015 NFL season. It was held on February 6, 2016 and aired on CBS in the United States at 9:00 PM EST. Comedian Conan O'Brien hosted the show.

Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press (AP) to the league's most outstanding defensive player at the end of every National Football League (NFL) season. It has been awarded since 1971. The winner is decided by votes from a panel of 50 AP sportswriters who regularly cover the NFL. Since 2011, the award has been presented at the annual NFL Honors ceremony the day before the Super Bowl, along with other AP awards, such as the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award, and AP NFL Rookie of the Year Award.

Lawrence Taylor and J. J. Watt are the only three-time winners of the award. Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, and Aaron Donald have each won it twice. Taylor is the only player to win the award as a rookie, doing so in 1981. In 2008, James Harrison became the only undrafted free agent to win the award. White is the only player to win the award with two different teams, winning in 1987 with the Philadelphia Eagles and again with the Green Bay Packers in 1998. Watt is the only player to win the award unanimously, receiving 50 out of 50 first place votes in 2014. He was also a near-unanimous winner in 2012 as he earned 49 out of 50 votes.As of the end of the 2018 NFL season, linebackers have won the award 16 times, more than any other position. A defensive end has won thirteen times, followed by nine defensive tackles, five cornerbacks, and five safeties. Only two winners of the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award have also won the AP's Most Valuable Player Award for the same season: defensive tackle Alan Page in 1971 for the Minnesota Vikings and linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1986 for the New York Giants. Aaron Donald is the incumbent holder of the award, winning it for the second consecutive year following the 2018 NFL season.

Billy Stacy

Billy McGovern Stacy (born July 30, 1936 in Drew, Mississippi) is a former American professional football player who played five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals/St. Louis Cardinals. He was selected to one Pro Bowl. He later served as mayor of Starkville, Mississippi.He was the last player in NFL history to record a touchdown reception, a fumble return touchdown, and an interception return touchdown in a single season until J. J. Watt did so in 2014.

Derek Watt

Derek John Watt (born November 7, 1992) is an American football fullback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. His older brother is J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans and his younger brother is T. J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Houston Texans records

This article details statistics relating to the Houston Texans American football team.

José Altuve

José Carlos Altuve (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈtuβe]; born May 6, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Astros signed Altuve as an amateur free agent in 2007, and he made his major league debut in 2011. A right-handed batter and thrower, as of 2017 he was the shortest active MLB player at 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m). His listed weight is 165 pounds (75 kg). From 2014−2017, Altuve recorded at least 200 hits each season and led the American League (AL) in the category. He won three batting championships in that span.

A six-time MLB All-Star, Altuve has been voted the starting second baseman for the AL in the All-Star Game four times. In 2017, he won the AL Most Valuable Player Award, the Hank Aaron Award, and became a World Series champion with the Astros, each for the first time. Also in 2017, Altuve was Sports Illustrated's co-Sportsperson of the Year with J. J. Watt of the NFL's Houston Texans for helping to lead relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Further awards Altuve received in 2017 were the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, The Sporting News Major League Player of the Year (making him the fifth player to be selected in consecutive years), and Baseball America's Major League Player of the Year. He has also won five Silver Slugger Awards and one Rawlings Gold Glove. In 2014, he became the first player in over 80 years to reach 130 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star Game. That same season, he became the first Astro to win a batting title, leading the AL with a .341 average. He has twice led the AL in stolen bases. From Maracay, Venezuela, Altuve played for the Venezuelan national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

List of Houston Texans Pro Bowl selections

Every late January–early February since 1950, the National Football League (NFL) hosts the Pro Bowl, its all-star game. Players are selected by the votes of coaches, other players, and fans. As of 2013, the Houston Texans have sent 20 different players to the Pro Bowl since their establishment in 2002 for a total of 37 appearances; Andre Johnson has been invited seven times (although he did not play the fifth time due to an ankle injury), Arian Foster has been invited three times, while Mario Williams, Owen Daniels, Matt Schaub, DeMeco Ryans, Johnathan Joseph, Chris Myers, J. J. Watt, Duane Brown, and Antonio Smith have all been invited twice. Jerome Mathis, Vonta Leach, Gary Walker, Aaron Glenn, Brian Cushing, Wade Smith, Bryan Braman, James Casey, and Danieal Manning have all been selected once, although Cushing decided to skip the Pro Bowl due to various injuries he sustained during the 2009 NFL season.The first Pro Bowl selections from the Houston Texans were during their inaugural year. These were two players acquired in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft, Walker and Glenn. This was followed two years later by the selection of Johnson, the third-overall pick in the previous year's draft. Their first undrafted player to go to the Pro Bowl was Foster after the 2010 season. Foster has since been selected twice more. The 2013 Pro Bowl roster featured eight Texans, a team record, leading the AFC.

List of Houston Texans awards and honors

The following is a list of individual player awards and accomplishments for the Houston Texans franchise of the National Football League.

List of Houston Texans seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Houston Texans American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the Texans' franchise from 2002 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches. The team currently has six winning seasons, two 8–8 seasons, and eight losing seasons. The Texans clinched their first playoff berth and AFC South title on December 11, 2011 by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 20–19.

NFL Top 100 Players of 2015

The NFL Top 100 Players of 2015 was the fifth season in the series. It ended with reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J. J. Watt being ranked #1, thus marking the first year in the history of the countdown that the reigning NFL MVP was not ranked #1 (Aaron Rodgers was ranked #2). Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady was ranked #3.

Nae Nae

The Nae Nae is a hip-hop dance that involves planting one’s feet, swaying with shoulder movement, placing one hand in the air and one hand down, and incorporating personal creativity. The move typically follows another move called the "whip". The Whip involves lifting one foot off the ground and planting it with a stomp; simultaneously, the dancer twists and extends their opposite arm forward. The Atlanta hip hop Artist and Dancer PjTheKing is credited for inventing the phrase and dance while formerly being apart of the group "We Are Toonz" who had the hit song "Drop That NaeNae" in 2013. The dance was based on a character from the 1990s sitcom Martin. In the series, Martin Lawrence cross-dressed to play Sheneneh Jenkins, an exaggerated, sassy “ghetto girl”. The group member Callamar stated in an interview with Billboard, “It’s really just based on a ratchet girl in the club dancing kind of funny and the best girl to describe it is Sheneneh from Martin.” In one interview, Martin Lawrence stated he was “flattered” by the dance.Throughout 2014, the song achieved widespread popularity on social media such as Vine, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. It has also been performed as a celebratory dance at collegiate and professional sporting events.In 2015, American rapper Silentó released his debut single "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" which also included the Nae Nae along with other dance moves, appearing in viral videos and mainstream media.Numerous celebrities have been covered by the social and mainstream media when they performed the dance, including Jeremy Lin and Stephen Curry, Dwight Howard, Lance Moore, TLC, John Wall, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, and J. J. Watt. The video game NBA 2K16 allows players to dance the Nae Nae. Fifth Harmony also mentioned the dance move in their song BO$$.

Then-President of the United States Barack Obama publicly praised a Washington, D.C. police officer who danced the dance with a teenager in October 2015.

National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award

Several organizations give out NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards that are listed in the NFL Record and Fact Book and Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Associated Press (AP) has been giving the award since 1972; Pro Football Writers of America/Pro Football Weekly since 1970; and Sporting News has announced winners since 2008. The Newspaper Enterprise Association was the originator of the award in 1966. However, it became defunct after 1997. Also going defunct was the United Press International (UPI) AFC-NFC Defensive Player of the Year Awards that began in 1975.

Pro Football Writers Association NFL Defensive Player of the Year

From 1969 to 1991, the Defensive of the Year award was presented by Pro Football Weekly only. PFW and the Pro Football Writers of America combined their awards in 1992. From 2013 to present the awards were presented by PFWA alone.

T. J. Watt

Trent Jordan "T. J." Watt (born October 11, 1994) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. His older brothers are J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Derek Watt of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award is presented annually by the National Football League (NFL) honoring a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. Prior to 1999, it was called simply the NFL Man of the Year Award. Shortly after Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton died (having been the 1977 recipient himself), the award was renamed to honor his legacy as a humanitarian. Each year, a winner is selected from 32 nominees from the 32 different teams. A panel of judges, which includes the Commissioner of the NFL, Connie Payton (widow of Walter Payton), the previous year's winner, and a number of former players select the winner of the award. The Man of the Year winner receives a $50,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice. The other 31 finalists also receive donations in their name of $5,000 each to charities of their choice. The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs have had more winners of the award than any other team, with 5 winners each.

Each winner who is currently active in the league, beginning in Week 14 of the current season, has a patch on their uniforms. The current active winners are: Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Chris Long, Eli Manning, and J.J. Watt. The nominees of each team are given a helmet decal to wear for the remainder of the season.

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