33-year-old retired NFL superstar J.J. Watt is not sitting at home and resting on his athletic laurels.
He is pursuing different challenges including hiking Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.
Using the hashtag “#HikingIsNotBigManFriendly”, the 6’5″ 288-pound future Hall of Famer gives us a hint that it was not an easy task.
It is not cliche to say that Watt is scaling new heights in his post-football life.
Camelback Mountain is 2,706 feet high, and Watt commemorated the accomplishment by taking a photo of himself on the Cholla Trail at the 1,350 foot elevation mark.
46 minutes (with a weighted backpack. yeah, I’m basically David Goggins)
Very cool seeing so many different people at the top. Women, men, young, old, everyone having accomplished the goal.
Anyone who has hiked to the top of Camelback has my respect.#HikingIsNotBigManFriendly pic.twitter.com/q9b5XUZJCf
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 5, 2023
Watt is not wrong about seeing many people hiking Camelback along the Cholla Trail.
The Cholla Trail, known as one of the most popular hiking trails in Phoenix, reopened in Fall 2022 after a 2 1/2-year closure for construction and safety improvements.
Last Week, Watt Congratulated Fellow Retiree Tom Brady
There is no doubt that Watt will celebrate an August 2028 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio along with Tom Brady who retired just last week.
Watt acknowledged Brady’s retirement by calling him the “Greatest of All Time…No question, no debate.”
He then added:
“The newly retired group meets on the golf course every morning at 10am. Drinks are on the new guy, so bring your wallet.”
Greatest of All Time.
No question, no debate.
It’s been an honor and a privilege.
PS – The newly retired group meets on the golf course every morning at 10am. Drinks are on the new guy, so bring your wallet. https://t.co/rjPx7bQa6u
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 1, 2023
For both Watt and Brady, the question will be what team will they represent in Canton.
Brady will choose between New England and Tampa Bay, and Watt will choose between Houston and Arizona.
On Monday, Watt Congratulated A.J. Green On His Retirement
Watt is becoming the welcome wagon for retired football players.
On Monday, he congratulated fellow 2011 draftee A.J. Green after he announced his retirement.
Green was Watt’s teammate in Arizona for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Loved taking the field with you bro, it has been a true honor.
Incredible career and hell of a TD in your final game.
Best draft class of all time!
Love ya brother @ajgreen_18 https://t.co/yqUUL2lIA8
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 6, 2023
Will Watt Stay In Football?
No one really knows what Watt’s future plans are.
He is a brand new father so spending time with his wife and baby is a priority.
Koa’s first ever NFL game.
My last ever NFL home game.
My heart is filled with nothing but love and gratitude. It’s been an absolute honor and a pleasure.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 27, 2022
Will he leave the game of football behind entirely?
It remains to be seen.
You want to reenergize and reignite the incredible Houston fan base, this is a hell of a start!!
Cannot wait to see what Meco does.
One of the best teammates & leaders I’ve ever been around. #HTown
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 31, 2023
We do know that he is quite excited about his former team, the Houston Texans, hiring his former Texans teammate DeMeco Ryans as their next head coach.