“A Group of Probably 4-5 7-Year-Olds…”: 33Y/O JJ Watt Gets Humbled by Young Kids, Weeks After Hanging His NFL Cleats

Published 03/18/2023, 11:52 AM EDT

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JJ Watt was a fearsome athlete when he played in the NFL just a couple of months ago. But he doesn’t feel the same off the field after his retirement. The former Arizona Cardinals defensive end went for a leisurely activity to enjoy his time after hanging his cleats. But according to the NFL legend, he had a humbling experience with a group of seven-year-olds.

Watt played elite football for more than a decade and created a reputation of being a formidable piece of defense. Now he is facing competition from little kids.

JJ Watt narrates a humbling experience 


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JJ Watt is enjoying his life off the football field. But he is apparently losing to a bunch of seven-year-olds in scaling a mountain. He narrated a recent experience while trekking in the Arizona mountains.

“Alright, just finished hiking Camelback for the second time ever. Another humbling experience. I felt like I gave it a very good effort. Was passed by two kids, one who’s apparently an elite-level high school quarterback. So, don’t feel bad about that at all. But at one point near the top, I was hands-on knees taking a break, taking some deep breaths. And coming past me on the way down, meaning they had already been to the top, was a group of probably 4-5 7-year-olds. They weren’t breathing very hard, but the big dawg was,” Watt said through a video tweet.

According to the defensive end, his second hike to the mountain was a tough one but he managed to pull through. And he also pledged to go at it again. 

“Probably should lose some weight. 285 is a lot to take up a mountain,” Watt added.

Watt hung up his cleats after the end of the 2022 regular season. All-in-all, he had a legendary career in the NFL.

A Hall of Fame-worthy stint

JJ Watt came into the NFL as the first-round pick for the Houston Texans in the 2011 draft. And he quickly established himself as an integral part of the Texans defense. During his time as a Texan, he became the NFL defensive player of the year thrice. He also went to the Pro Bowl five times.


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He played the last two years of his NFL career as a Cardinal. And when he announced the end of his career, the whole NFL came together to give him an emotional send-off. That showed the love he evoked even in the hearts of his fiercest competitors.


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He may think that some kids humbled him in trekking, but he did the same to many stars in pro football.

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Shivam Pratap Singh

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Shivam Pratap Singh originally hails from Punjab, India. After completing his Master's degree from Jamia Millia Islamia, he joined the world of media with a stint at Opoyi. While he was there, he started to follow the NFL.

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