J.J. Watt Transition: From NFL Star to Broadcaster

NFL Legend Embarks on Exciting New Career Path.

by Nouman Rasool
J.J. Watt Transition: From NFL Star to Broadcaster
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As the excitement for Super Bowl 58 reaches its peak, showcasing a riveting face-off between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, there's an additional spotlight on J.J. Watt, the former NFL superstar turned broadcaster.

Watt, a name synonymous with defensive prowess, joins the CBS team, bringing his unique insights to millions of viewers. Watt's illustrious 12-season career, predominantly with the Houston Texans, is the stuff of legends. A relentless force on the field, he notched up accolades that etch his name in the pantheon of greats – a five-time Pro Bowler, five-time first-team All-Pro, thrice crowned Defensive Player of the Year, and a formidable two-time NFL sack leader.

His inclusion in the NFL's 2010s All-Decade team speaks volumes of his impact on the sport. Watt's on-field statistics are staggering: 151 games, 586 tackles, 114.5 sacks, 27 forced fumbles, 79 pass deflections, and two interceptions, complemented by three receiving touchdowns.

These numbers mirror a career that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Watt's Broadcasting Debut

However, after the 2022 season, Watt hung up his boots and embarked on a new journey in broadcasting. His transition to the CBS crew as an NFL analyst for the 2023 season marks his first foray into broadcasting, culminating in his debut Super Bowl coverage – a new vantage point for the former player.

Watt humorously reflects on his broadcasting experience, highlighting the contrast with his playing days. "Days I don’t say anything stupid on the air," he quips, regarding his definition of a win in the booth. He also mentions the challenges and enjoyment of making game picks, a staple of sports broadcasting.

Embracing this new role, Watt talks about taking it "one day at a time" and cherishes the opportunity to stay connected with the NFL community. This sentiment echoes the paths chosen by other NFL greats, like Tom Brady, who are transitioning into broadcasting roles post-retirement.

Watt's journey to the broadcast booth wasn't without its humorous moments. He recalls a social media blunder when announcing his CBS role, mistakenly typing "CVS" instead of "CBS," and later jokingly advised, "don’t screw up the announcement." As Super Bowl 58 unfolds on Sunday, Feb.

11, at 6:30 p.m. ET, Watt will be an integral part of the CBS coverage, lending his expertise to the pre-game, halftime, and post-game segments. His transition from a dominant player to a perceptive analyst adds an intriguing layer to the Super Bowl narrative, offering viewers a unique perspective from someone who has lived and breathed the sport at its highest level.