Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Watt: All signs kept pointing toward Cardinals

Written by 
Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 15:34

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As teams continued to court J.J. Watt during his 16-day stint as a free agent, the three-time All-Pro pass-rusher said all signs kept pointing him to the Arizona Cardinals, with whom he signed a two-year deal on Tuesday.

He picked the Cardinals on Monday from a group of "four or five" finalists after an aggressive recruitment by Arizona. Watt said "it was certainly close" when making his final decision, which he described as "difficult."

"I give them credit; they attacked from all angles," Watt said of the Cardinals' recruitment during his introductory Zoom news conference on Tuesday. "There was, I think, [general manager] Steve [Keim] and [owner] Michael [Bidwill] and everybody did a great job of, I mean, there were players, there were coaches, there were non-football people whatsoever that reached out and were in my ear and trying to convince me to come down here and tell me all the great things about it, and not only on the field but sending me pictures of Paradise Valley and everything off the field as well.

"So, their recruiting pitch was strong and heavy, but, at the end of the day, I told my wife, you know all signs just kind of kept pointing back down here to Arizona, and in my short time here on the ground, I can tell you that I'm absolutely pleased and couldn't be happier with my decision."

Watt, who turns 32 on March 22, said that "there's a lot of exciting things about what's happening down here in Arizona," and he specifically mentioned the Cardinals' "young, extremely talented quarterback here who can do big things."

Kyler Murray was among the reasons Watt cited for signing with the Cardinals. Watt texted Murray on Monday: "I'm here because I believe in you."

Murray tweeted a photo of when the two first met in July 2015 at an event where Murray was named the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.

"It's pretty wild now to be on the same team," Watt said. "But, yeah, I've obviously seen his career. He's had an unbelievable career. He's an incredible athlete, and what he's been able to accomplish, he's been a winner at every stage of his life, and that's not a coincidence.

"You're a winner because of the way that you work and because of the aura that you give off and because of the talent that you have, and I think that he has all those things and he's going to continue to win and continue to have success."

Watt also said reuniting with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, his teammate with the Houston Texans from the time Hopkins was drafted in 2013 until he was traded after the 2019 season, played a role in the Cardinals winning the Watt sweepstakes. As did Vance Joseph, the Cardinals defensive coordinator who was the Texans' defensive backs coach during Watt's first three years in the NFL.

Watt said Joseph runs a defensive scheme that's similar to the one Watt played in under Wade Phillips in Houston -- "which is a scheme I'm very familiar with and very comfortable with and excited to play in."

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Watt will be wearing No. 99, the same number he had with the Texans. The number has been retired in honor of Marshall Goldberg, who played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1939 to 1943 and again from 1946 to 1948 after his career was interrupted with a stint in the Navy during World War II, but Goldberg's daughter, Ellen Goldberg Tullos, gave Watt permission Tuesday to wear the number.

Watt didn't know the number was retired when he picked the Cardinals and saw that no one was issued it during a quick rundown of the roster. One of his high school friends broke the news to him and told him about Goldberg's history, which led Watt to start looking at other numbers. But when Watt woke up Tuesday morning, he read a report from TMZ, which had talked to Tullos. Watt later called Tullos to hear for himself that he could wear her father's number.

Watt hoped a product of him wearing Goldberg's number is that his name, story and legacy become more known. Watt also offered to donate to the Marshall Goldberg Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury Research.

Watt thanked the Goldberg family via Twitter and also talked about what the family's blessing meant in his news conference.

"We had a great conversation," Watt said. "She was super sweet. Said that she believes her father would be honored and she believes that her father, he was all about the players, and so she said that she thought he would want me to wear it.

"So, I'm very honored and touched that they thought of me in that way and that I can do that, so I told her that I would do everything in my power to honor him and to make him proud and make his legacy proud."

Read 34 times

Soccer

Depleted Real can't keep pace with Atletico

Depleted Real can't keep pace with Atletico

A heavily depleted Real Madrid side scraped a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Sunday in La Liga to fall three...

'Chicharito' nets twice as Galaxy rally past Miami

'Chicharito' nets twice as Galaxy rally past Miami

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez recorded his first two-goal performance of his MLS career and Sacha Kl...

Man United, Madrid confirm Super League plans

Man United, Madrid confirm Super League plans

Twelve of Europe's top clubs announced on Sunday they were launching a breakaway Super League, heade...

Basketball

SVG: Pels 'deserved to lose' after late mistakes

SVG: Pels 'deserved to lose' after late mistakes

New Orleans Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said his team "deserved to lose" after two mistakes at the...

Sources: Pels finalizing deal with NBL's Louzada

Sources: Pels finalizing deal with NBL's Louzada

The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a multi-year deal with Brazilian guard Didi Louzada, league...

Baseball

Bieber's historic strikeout run continues in win

Bieber's historic strikeout run continues in win

CINCINNATI -- Shane Bieber kept up his record strikeout run, fanning 13 and pitching the Cleveland I...

Giants' McGee, Webb go on IL after vaccination

Giants' McGee, Webb go on IL after vaccination

MIAMI -- San Francisco Giants closer Jake McGee and right-hander Logan Webb went on the injured list...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
www.idignewspapers.com
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
www.idigcasinos.com
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
www.idigradio.com
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated