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J.J. Watt doesn't rule out retirement from NFL coming soon

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Texans DE J.J. Watt played with Five Torn Core Muscles

Since entering the NFL before the start of the 2011 season, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been one of the best players on defense in the entire league...if not the best (and most important) player in the league no matter the position.

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Now, after a season where he dealt with a gruesome groin injury that almost sidelined him for the 2015 campaign, Watt is telling Peter King at MMQB.com that his future might not be long in the Lone Star State or the NFL in general:

"I have no idea when it's going to be, when I'll retire," Watt said. "I'm not saying it's not going to be two, three, four years. But I'm also not saying it's going to be nine, 10, 11 years. I literally do not know the answer. What I do know is I'm going to continue to train my ass off. I'm going to continue to work to be the best player in the world, and whenever that doesn't sound fun to me anymore, that's when it's over."

J.J. Watt's injury in 2015 was so severe that the muscle was torn off the bone in his groin area multiple times during the season. Watt said he likely wouldn't have been able to play at the Texans advanced further in the AFC Playoffs last season (they lost in the Wild Card Round to the Kansas City Chiefs).

In five seasons with the Texans, Watt has been named a first team All-Pro four times while also being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year three times. With 74.5 sacks so early in his career, J.J. Watt would be, without a doubt, missed royally by the team and the league if he were to retire in just a few seasons.

If J.J. Watt were to retire early, the Texans could move Jadeveon Clowney (who was picked first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft) from the outside linebacker rush position to the defensive end spot on a permanent basis, the position he played in college at South Carolina.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots reacts after he sacked Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins in the second half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
RETIRING A PATRIOT.
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 27, 2015: Tight end Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches the action from the sideline during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2015 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-17. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
After 11 seasons and two Lombardi trophies, Heath Miller retires in Black & Gold. 📰 | https://t.co/rUr3Yf1XPd https://t.co/RWH0yFgWab
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 25: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on October 25, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings defeated the Lions 28-19. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)
Calvin Johnson retires from the National Football League: https://t.co/8YgcYxLjNS https://t.co/IdC1yIMX8R
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 25: Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a sack of Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 27-16. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Riding off into the sunset https://t.co/wZXovseGKS
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 8: Corey Wootton #99 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the fourth quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders on August 8, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 10-6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Thank you all for the support! https://t.co/wHQqWkAirF
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 07: Logan Mankins #70 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to the start of the game gainst the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 7, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Buccaneers 34-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Ex-#Patriots & #Bucs G Logan Mankins was tough, nasty, played through the whistle… and is a great dude when the play ends. One of a kind.
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 13: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Indianapolis Colts drops back to pass during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 13, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 51-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
It has been an honor and a pleasure. https://t.co/P9dnvll0EP https://t.co/69DlIa9W1y
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 22: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) D'Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets greets fans after a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 22, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Browns 24-13. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Thank you for the numerous messages of support. It has been a blessing to be apart of the NYJ. My letter to you https://t.co/hcIRk41QtM
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 24: Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
To the founder of the #BirdGang, @ddockett, congrats on a great career! #ThanksNineO WATCH»https://t.co/4NIBDcOr8K https://t.co/h0yNiF72UT
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Percy Harvin #18 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a touchdown reception against the Indianapolis Colts on September 13, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis 27-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Percy Harvin told the Bills he is retiring, per source.
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 18: Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks gestures to the crowd during the game against the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on October 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
I just wanted to make my teammates, family, & The 12th Man proud!!!! #weallwegot
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