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“What a Time To Be Alive!”- Days After $143 Million-Valued Investment, JJ Watt’s NFL DPOY Brother TJ Watt Shows Off Soccer Skills

Published 05/04/2023, 12:30 PM EDT

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The world of soccer is surprised yet again as American celebrities are making huge investments in major European soccer teams. The latest to join this trend is NFL legend JJ Watt, who at the end of the 2022 season announced his retirement from the NFL. However, retirement hasn’t kept him idle as he, alongside his NWSL star wife Kealia Watt, became an investor in Burnley at the start of May.

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The recently promoted Premier League team is valued at a $143 million market value and would have definitely seen JJ Watt splash a huge sum for the investment. The Watt family’s foray into the world of soccer has also influenced one of Watt’s younger brothers—TJ Watt.

TJ Watt shows his soccer skills

TJ Watt is also a known figure in the NFL winning the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year award. The star showed his soccer skills in a recent Instagram video posted by JJ. In the video, TJ can be seen in the Burnley training kit but without a soccer ball involved.

As he stands in his living room, he demonstrates his wonderful soccer touches skills. He did so with no ball and only his feet movement as accompaniment. The video was captioned by his brother JJ, joking about Burnley’s takeover of the family. “The Burnley takeover is already outpacing expectations,” he said. “TJ is in full training kit in his living room visualizing first touches. What a time to be alive!”


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The brotherly bond and passion for soccer are on full display with TJ’s incredible video. The impressionable recording is a delight for many fans, as it showed much more than just a family’s support for a recently invested team. While JJ is fully invested in Burnley, the question is what was the inspiration behind the investment. The answer to this is the magic that is happening with Ryan Reynolds Wrexham.

Ryan Reynolds is the reason behind the investment by JJ Watt


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In a recent interview with ESPN, the 3x NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner discussed his venture of becoming a minority investor in Burnley. He revealed that the inspiration for his investment was actor Ryan Reynolds, who co-owns Welsh soccer club Wrexham AFC.

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Starting off as a struggling team prior to Reynolds’ involvement, Wrexham has experienced an incredible turnaround since the takeover. The team recently broke the 15-year deadlock and earned a promotion to the fourth division. The Hollywood star’s success at Wrexham is what Watt hopes to replicate with Burnley, as he further discussed in his statement given in the interview.


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Saransh Chauhan

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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.

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