Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was impressed with the way the Arizona Cardinals approached him. Watt, who was released by the Houston Texans last month, decided to sign with the Cardinals after carefully choosing his next team.
"I give them credit, they attacked from all angles," Watt said of the Cardinals' recruitment during his introductory Zoom news conference on Tuesday, per ESPN. "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 excited to play with Kyler Murray
Watt and current Cardinals quarterback Murray met for the first time in 2015, at an event where the quarterback 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."
The Cardinals retired the No. 99 but Marshall Goldberg's daughter gave Watt the green light to wear No. 99 in Arizona. "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."