J.J. Watt “very” at peace with decision to retire after the season, even without a ring

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A day after announcing his retirement, Cardinals edge rusher JJ Watt said he was “very” happy with his decision.

He said it was the right time to call the season quit.

“I put a lot into the game,” said Watt via ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. “The wins, the losses, the mental stress and passion that comes with it. It just weighs on you. It’s heavy. And I always say I’d rather live with highs and lows than know no middle ground.”

Watt will retire without a Super Bowl ring, assuming he never retracts his retirement and has never even played in a championship game.

“It’s definitely something I’ve been working on trying to put my career into perspective because there’s definitely a big part of me that’s always sad, disappointed and frustrated that I didn’t win a championship. “It’s been a burden for me for a very long time,” Watt said.

Watt said he didn’t know what would happen next.

“I am young,” Watt said. “I don’t want to lose it. I’m 33. I feel young. I have a whole life in front of me and I feel great. I am really looking forward to the future.”

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