This April marked 10 years anniversary of when former University of Wisconsin pass rusher J.J. Watt was selected with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, but this weekend, Watt will face his former team as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, said that the Texans are hardly recognizable now.
“There’s obviously something more to it,” Watt said on Thursday, per ESPN. “I don’t think that it’s what people may think it is because, I mean, you look at the roster, and you look at the guys that are there — I mean it’s been so massively turned over that there’s only a handful of guys that are even there from last year that I played with.”
Watt played 10 seasons with the Texans and asked to be released this February before signing with Arizona. As a member of an undefeated Cardinals (6-0) team, FOX Sports reports Watt has a legitimate chance to win his first Super Bowl title.
“So, it’s not like, I’m like, ‘Oh, I want to go and beat my old team’ or ‘Oh, I can’t wait to face this guy,’ because it’s not the same team. It’s not the same organization that I remember and that I was a part of,'” he said.
Watt won four AFC South titles with Houston but said he doesn’t know many guys on the 1-5 Texans’ roster.
“That’s why it hurts me to see where it is now because I believe those fans deserve to be living those high times and to be experiencing those great moments, and it hurts to know that they’re not and to know that they’re struggling,” Watt said. “So, I hope that they get back there at some point, and I hope that they get to do that because I know first-hand it’s an unbelievable place to play when you’re rolling.”
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