“Mr. Bidwill, [general manager] Steve [Keim], everybody here has been unbelievable so far and I’m just excited to get started. I’m very excited to get started, get to work, get to know the people of Arizona and to go to work, to try and help them win a championship.”
“The one thing that I can promise you is I’m going to work my ass off every single day to make you proud.”
From fans to internet sleuths
Even on the day of his eventual signing there were plenty of twists for fans eager to find out Watt’s final destination.
Watt then posted a picture of himself lifting weights in an Arizona Cardinals t-shirt with the caption: “source: me.”
Soon after the Cardinals tweeted the watching eyes emoji, before quickly confirming the news about 15 minutes later, saying that the team had signed Watt to a two-year contract. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.
A few hours later, Watt tweeted a pair of photos showing he and his wife and professional football player Kealia Ohai Watt preparing to travel aboard the Cardinals’ jet with team owner Bidwell and the caption: “pretty convenient when the owner is also a pilot…”
Watt had spent his entire 10-year NFL career as a member of the Texans, since being drafted out of the University of Wisconsin in the first round in 2011.
He’s been named the NFL’s defensive player of the year a remarkable three times, one of only three players ever accomplish that feat. He was named a first-team All-Pro five times and selected to five Pro Bowls.
In 2017, Watt received the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, viewed in NFL circles as the league’s most prestigious honor, after raising over $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston.
Watt will reunite in the desert with former teammate DeAndre Hopkins, whose attempt to lure Watt to Arizona appears to have been successful. Hopkins, who moved from the Texans to the Cardinals last year, posted an edited photo of the two of them hugging with the caption: “Let’s finish what we started”.
Dave Close contributed to this report.