On Friday morning, the Houston Texans proceeded with their transition into a new era by releasing superstar defensive end J.J. Watt. In typical Texans fashion, the move was met with a lot of skepticism around the league as the Texans released Watt instead of pursuing draft compensation for his services.
The impact that J.J. Watt had on the Houston Texans franchise was enormous, and words can’t begin to adequately describe the profound impact that he had on the Houston community.
The franchise is undergoing tumultuous times, to say the least, and they will now have to right the ship without the steady, unifying leadership of Watt. Not only is J.J. Watt the greatest defender in the history of the Texans’ franchise, but he is also one of the greatest defenders in NFL history, period.
At his peak, Watt was simply unblockable. Watt spent nearly a decade terrorizing opposing backfields. He is the type of player that will be talked about for generations, and jerseys with the No. 99 on the back will never go out of style at NRG Stadium.
The Houston Texans as a franchise are filled with uncertainty right now. While it is valid to be concerned and worried about the direction of the franchise, it is also important that J.J. Watt is given the exit that he deserves.
In this piece, we will do a quick review of five of the best games that Watt ever played for the Texans. It was more or less impossible to put together this list, as you could make the same list with five entirely different games than the ones included.
There’s a famous saying that reads “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Let’s take a look back on some better days for the Texans franchise, where J.J. Watt was performing and producing at historic levels.