When JJ Watt took to Twitter on Monday and announced that he would be signing with the Cardinals, the information introduced loads of pleasure, as Arizona was not thought of a favourite to land the previous Texans defensive lineman based on previous reporting. It additionally created a small downside.
Watt wore the No. 99 jersey whereas taking part in school soccer at Wisconsin and saved that quantity over 10 seasons in Houston. Sadly for the three-time Defensive Participant 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 crew’s Ring of Honor shortly after his demise in 2006.
It was extensively assumed that Watt would be compelled to choose a unique quantity, however he may still be able to preserve his first selection. Goldberg’s daughter, Ellen Goldberg Tullos, told TMZ Sports that she wouldn’t have any subject with Watt taking her father’s quantity.
“[Watt] has my blessings, and I am positive my father would be greater than delighted for him to carry it on,” Tullos mentioned.
Tullos added that her father “at all times revered different gamers,” and she or he believes Goldberg would have given Watt permission to proudly wear the No. 99.
“He would be tremendous with that,” Tullos mentioned. “It’s simply the kind of man he was, ? I believe he would be completely happy to let him use his quantity and honored with that as nicely.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Watt and the Cardinals reached an settlement on a two-year deal price $31 million with $23 million assured. In 16 video games with the Texans final season, Watt totaled 52 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, two compelled 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 able to keep on 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’s taking place. Watt mentioned he spoke with Tullos and is “good to go.”