JJ Watt: NFL Superstar to Premier League Club Owner

Stick to Football

11-04-2024 • 1 hr 13 mins

Welcome back to Stick to Football, brought to you by SkyBet. On this week’s special guest episode we are delighted to be joined by American Football legend and Burnley co-owner JJ Watt.

Watt announced his involvement with Burnley in 2023 and reveals his special connection with the town and football club, relationship with manager Vincent Kompany and his aims for the future at Turf Moor.

Despite a struggling Premier League season following promotion from the Championship, the 6ft5 Wisconsin man reiterates his long-term ambitions and talks about the rise of American footballers investing in English football clubs.

Regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, a competition he and siblings Derek and TJ have made a lasting impact in, Watt offers a unique insight into the difference behind the scenes and structures between America’s and UK’s national sports.

The 3x Defensive Player of the Year, who spent the majority of his career at Houston Texans before retiring at Arizona Cardinals, was the first player to make multiple 20+ sacks in multiple NFL seasons speaks and he explains how he used to eat up to 7500 calories a day as well as telling us who he thinks which footballers could make it in the American sport.

Finally he talks about how his last NFL game coincided with his new-born son Koa’s first game and life after retirement which has seen him enter football club ownership.

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