Cardinals’ JJ Watt opens up about ‘very emotional’ heart scare

JJ Watt opened up about his whirlwind week after enjoying within the Cardinals’ win over the Panthers on Sunday, simply three days after he had his “heart shocked back into rhythm.”

Hours earlier than Sunday’s sport, Watt revealed on Twitter that he skilled atrial fibrillation — an irregular heartbeat — on Wednesday, additionally mentioning he was instructed “somebody leaked personal information” about him. Moments after the Twitter reveal, Jay Glazer reported Watt’s therapy on “Fox NFL Sunday.”

“Obviously, it’s been a very emotional week for my family, for my wife, for myself,” stated Watt, who at one level held again tears whereas chatting with reporters. “So, I’m very happy to get a win today. Obviously, I’ve had a lot of emotions, but I’ve learned to appreciate the little things even more, and so it’s nice to have a win today.”

JJ Watt chatting with reporters after the Cardinals’ win over the Panthers on Oct. 2, 2022.
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The 33-year-old stated he was “upset” about the information leaking as a result of “the only people that knew were people I should trust,” which included his household and a few inside the Cardinals group.

Watt stated he was “scared” to need to be put below anesthesia to have his heart shocked, and that his pregnant spouse, Kealia Ohai, was by his aspect; their child boy is due in “a few weeks.” He thought of not enjoying Sunday however was instructed he may.

“I talked to cardiologists and electrophysiologists from all over the country,” Watt stated. “I was assured multiple times from multiple people that there was nothing else you could do. I could play like normal and something could happen the next day or never again in 20 years. So I was assured and I went back to practice on Friday and here we are.”

JJ Watt (99) rushes throughout the Cardinals’ win over the Panthers on Oct. 2, 2022.

JJ Watt walks off the sphere after the primary half of the Cardinals’ win over the Panthers on Oct. 2, 2022.

JJ Watt warms up earlier than the Cardinals’ sport towards the Panthers on Oct. 2, 2022.

Watt, who signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the Cardinals in 2021 after 10 years with the Texans, performed 41 of 51 defensive snaps towards the Panthers. He recorded three tackles in Arizona’s 26-10 victory.

“Shows you what type of person and competitor, human being he is,” Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury stated. “He’s special and we were all obviously worried when he wasn’t around for a couple of days getting the tests run and handling that, but I think it was definitely inspiring for all of us and he played at a really high level and he just continues to amaze, the type of person and player he is.”

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