When JJ Watt took to Twitter on Monday and introduced that he could be signing with the Cardinals, the news introduced loads of pleasure, as Arizona was not thought of a favourite to land the previous Texans defensive lineman based mostly on earlier reporting. It additionally created a small drawback.
Watt wore the No. 99 jersey whereas enjoying faculty soccer at Wisconsin and stored that quantity over 10 seasons in Houston. Sadly for the three-time Defensive Player of the Yr, the Cardinals retired No. 99 to honor Marshall Goldberg, a Professional Bowler who performed for the then-Chicago Cardinals from 1939 to 1948. Goldberg was additionally inducted into the workforce’s Ring of Honor shortly after his dying in 2006.
It was extensively assumed that Watt could be pressured to pick a unique quantity, however he should still be capable to hold his first selection. Goldberg’s daughter, Ellen Goldberg Tullos, informed TMZ Sports activities that she wouldn’t have any challenge with Watt taking her father’s quantity.
“[Watt] has my blessings, and I am positive my father could be greater than delighted for him to hold it on,” Tullos stated.
Tullos added that her father “at all times revered different gamers,” and she or he believes Goldberg would have given Watt permission to proudly put on the No. 99.
“He could be effective with that,” Tullos stated. “It is simply the kind of man he was, ? I feel he could be pleased to let him use his quantity and honored with that as properly.”
NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Watt and the Cardinals reached an settlement on a two-year deal value $31 million with $23 million assured. In 16 games with the Texans final season, Watt totaled 52 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, two pressured fumbles and one interception, which he returned for a landing.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Cardinals had not but commented on whether or not Watt would be capable to persist with No. 99, however now that Goldberg’s daughter is on board, it would not be a shock to see Watt donning a well-recognized look subsequent season.
UPDATE: Yep, it is occurring. Watt stated he spoke with Tullos and is “good to go.”
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.