There are many titles and honors former Wisconsin Badgers standout/current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt holds: All-Pro, AFC Defensive Player of the Year, AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Lott IMPACT Trophy winner, etc. Friday night in his hometown just over 60 miles from Camp Randall Stadium, Pewaukee High School added another honor: the retirement of his high school jersey.
Humbled & honored to be returning to Pewaukee tonight to have my jersey retired. Never forget where you came from & who helped get you here.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 25, 2013
Watt wore No. 9 as a Pewaukee Pirate, earning all-state honors as a senior as both a tight end (first-team) and defensive end (honorable mention) after the 2006 season. He was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Male Athlete of the Year in 2007 for not just his accolades on the football field, but also on the basketball court and in track and field.
Local media gathered at Pewaukee's Division 3 playoff game against Elkhorn to highlight some of the night's proceedings:
It was a family affair for the Watts, as brothers and current Badgers Derek and T.J. Watt were on hand to support and congratulate their brother.
With Watt in attendance, the third-ranked Pirates defeated the Elks, 20-6, and advanced to play at No. 2 seed Catholic Memorial next weekend.