Fullback Derek Watt, one of three Watt brothers playing in the NFL, has announced his retirement.

“It is with great honor and gratitude that I officially announce my retirement and the end of my career… A career that ultimately became about so much more than just the game I love. The 7 years with 2 great organizations, 110 career games, lifelong friendships and memories that I have been fortunate enough to make have been nothing short of amazing,” he wrote. in a statement on X.

Watt didn’t play in the NFL last season, but from 2020 to ’22 he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers with his brother TJ Watt, Pittsburgh’s star pass rusher. His other brother, JJ Watt, who played as a pass rusher for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, retired in 2022.

“From playing in the backyard to sharing a field in the NFL, this journey together has been absolutely incredible,” Derek Watt said in his statement. “They say if you want to be great, you have to surround yourself with greatness… You both pushed me to be the best I could be and it was so special to see all the hard work we put in and the sacrifices we have made. that we have rewarded!”

JJ Watt posted on X“Incredible career. Incredible man. Incredible brother. Couldn’t be more proud. Love you @DerekWatt34.”

TJ Watt posted on his Instagram Story: “Very proud day!!!!”

Derek Watt, 31, was picked by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2016 draft and played four seasons with the franchise before signing with the Steelers for his final three seasons.

He was respected for his run blocking and as a core special teams player, but he also scored three touchdowns in his career, two of which came in his final NFL season.

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