J J Watt parents John Watt and Connie Watt raised him in Pewaukee Wisconsin. Watt brothers TJ and Derek play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.
Born on March 22, 1989, as Justin James Watt, J J has established himself as one of the most dominant and impressive defensive players to set foot in the NFL.
The 33-year-old veteran is currently with the Arizona Cardinals in what is regarded as his final year in the league. Watt was drafted into the league as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft by the Houston Texans.
Having spent ten years with the Texans, J J won the defensive player of the year award three times in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Regarded by many as the greatest defender ever, Watt is the only player in NFL history to have 20+ sacks in two seasons, as well as leading the league in sacks during the time.
With total career tackles of 586 and a total sack count of 114.5, the 2017 Walter Payton man of the year winner was featured in the 2010’s All-Decade team.
The five-time pro bowler and seven-time all-pro defensive end credit his dad and mom for their sacrifices to help him and his brothers succeed.
J J Watt Dad And Mom Raised Three Athletic Kids
J J Watt father John and mother Connie Watt raised three successful athletic kids.
John and Connie come from the hometown of Pewaukee in the northern state of Wisconsin.
John Watt Was A Firefighter
John Watt used to be a firefighter paramedic working on 24 hours shifts some days for the Pewaukee Fire Department.
Watt worked in the Fire Department for 28 years.
Working on 24 hours shift would allow John to take extended days off, and he liked to spend the off time with his lovely wife and three children.
J J’s father also acted as a football coach for him and his two younger brothers. John coached J J from his 5th grade until he reached high school.
Spending a day as a firefighter gave J J a perspective on how hard his father used to work, making J J respect his dad even more, as reported by Bleacher Report.
Watt also was a hockey player, which influenced his sons to play Hockey in their childhood.
J J Mother Connie Watt
Connie Watt gave birth to her first child J J when she was just 20 years old.
Connie used to work as the vice president of a building operations company in her kid’s youth.
However, nowadays, Connie runs and operates the J J Watt foundation. J J’s mother has always been a supportive figure for all three of her kids. During her kid’s childhood, when they played hockey, she devoted most of her time to their practices.
After she gave birth to her third child, T J Watt, the family went directly to a hockey game as J J was playing.
During his rookie season, J J Watt’s youngest brother T J said that his mother is no less than a superwoman, as per the Steelers.
J J had a long-time dream of gifting his mom a significant present, and in 2014, he made a flashy purchase to buy his mother a new car on her birthday.
I’ve wanted to be able to do this my whole life. For all you’ve worked & sacrificed, you deserve it. Happy B-Day Mom! pic.twitter.com/oP1AWQwGwu
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 1, 2014
In an interview with Today, Connie expressed how proud she is of her three boys when discussing raising three professional NFL players.
John and Connie were proud attendees when their eldest son J J received the Walter Payton Man of the year award for helping the needy during the Hurricane in Houston.
J J Watt Has Two Younger Siblings
J J Watt grew up with brothers T J Watt and Derek Watt. J J is the eldest of three kids to John and Connie.
The three siblings grew up in Wisconsin, loving hockey as their favorite sport. Their father’s involvement in Hockey piqued their interest in the sport, and all three siblings loved the game.
All of them dreamt of playing Hockey; however, due to frequent traveling and limited time with the family, John and Connie decided to sideline it.
As football was their second love, all three got invested in it.
Derek Watt Is The Second Child
Derek Watt is the second child after J J. Born as Derek John Watt, the 30-year-old plays as a fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Watt was drafted into the league as the 198th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Chargers, then known as San Diego Chargers.
In his 6th season as a pro, he has been with the Steelers since 2020. Derek is married to Gabriella and has two kids.
T J Watt Is The Youngest In the Family
The youngest brother among the three, T J was born in Wisconsin on October 11, 1994.
The 28-year-old plays as an Outside Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is the best player on the depth chart.
T J was drafted as the 30th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft by the Steelers. Following his brother J J’s footsteps, T J was named the NFL defensive player of the year in 2021.
The five-time pro-bowler and five-time all-pro, the youngest Watt, has an NFL record for having the most Sacks in a single season with 22.5. He shares the record with Michael Strahan.
He also shares another NFL record with J J as he has a record for at least two seasons as a league leader in sacks.
Finally, he also has another record for consecutive seasons leading in Sacks, which he shares with the legendary, “Reggie White” and Mark Gastineau.
Watt injured himself at the start of the season. However, after successful surgery, he returned on November 11, 2022. T J is married to American soccer player Dani Rhodes.
A Look Inside J J Watt Family
J J Watt resides with his family of three in the state capital of Arizona. J J and his wife Kealia Watt have a beautiful baby boy, Koa.
Kealia, his wife, is also an athlete herself.
Kealia Is A Soccer Player
J J Watt’s spouse Kealia is a professional American soccer player. Born on January 31, 1992, as Kealia Mae Ohai, the 30-year-old plays as a midfielder and a forward.
Kealia last played for the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL. She is currently a free agent. Ohai has also represented her nation’s senior team on three occasions, scoring one goal in the process.
Kealia and J J started dating in early 2016, and she made their relationship public in October same year. The two lovebirds met through Watt’s former teammate Brian Cushing. Cushing is married to Kealia’s sister Megan Cushing.
The couple tied the knot in the Bahamas on February 15, 2020.
Watt And Ohai Share A Child
J J Watt’s wife recently gave birth to their adorable son Koa on October 23, 2022. Their child is two and a half months old.
Watt shared the picture of his wife and their son after his birth, expressing his delight and happiness via his Instagram account.
JJ Previously Dated A Tennis Player
Before meeting with Kealia, J J Watt was in a relationship with the Danish professional women’s Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.
The couple was seen together enjoying an NCAA match in April 2015. As reported by the NY Post, J J Watt had been looking to spice up his love life after a failed fling with Caroline.