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J.J. Watt Turns 30 and Explains Why He's Not Slowing Down

April 17, 2019 - 12:55 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) -- J.J. Watt turned 30 years old in March, bringing up the usual questions about the longevity of his NFL career.

Watt said age is just a number.

"It literally doesn't feel any different to me. I think that throughout my career, obviously I had the two years where it didn't go the way I wanted it to go injury-wise, but it's just pure focus on trying to make it as long as you can. I love the game. I love the teammates. I love being out there on the field. I love everything about it, so there's really no other choice," Watt said during an offseason media day Tuesday at NRG Stadium.

"Hopefully we can say that I had two less years of pounding on my body. I had two less years of wear and tear so that means two more years on the back end. I feel good. I feel good right now. I'm excited about the season ahead. I'm excited about the team that we've got, the guys that we've got."

Watt was limited to a combined eight games (and just 1.5 sacks) in 2016 and 2017 due to variety of physical ailments. In 2018, Watt played 16 games, recording 16 sacks and an NFL-best seven forced fumbles, as the Texans won the AFC South.

Watt also spoke about the J.J. Watt Foundation Charity Classic softball game at Minute Maid Park on May 4. The event raises funds for the foundation’s mission of funding after-school athletics programs.