Cardinals’ J.J. Watt receives ‘wild’ retirement gift from fan — a stuffed badger

Quick Bit: Watt got a blast from the past on Thursday when he was sent a whole stuffed badger in the mail.

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J.J. Watt’s imminent retirement from the NFL has spawned countless tributes. It’s hard to imagine anyone will be able to top the gift he received in the mail on Thursday, though.

The future Hall of Famer was greeted with a package at his locker on Thursday morning. When he opened the box, it revealed a stuffed badger. Because who doesn’t like taxidermy?

Watt posted the eye-opening sight on his Twitter page. Can’t say we can blame him. Who would expect to see that in their place of work?

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The offering makes a little more sense when you consider Watt’s past. A Pewaukee, Wisconsin native, Watt initially made the grade at Central Michigan as a tight end before joining the University of Wisconsin as a walk-on defensive end.

Watt proceeded to tear the Big Ten apart with the Badgers, earning All-American honors in his senior year before being taken No. 11 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Watt has, unsurprisingly, continued to rep the Badgers throughout his storied career. In 2019, The Milk Man delivered the commencement speech at Wisconsin’s spring graduation.

He’s been back at the university numerous times, including for the Blake Geoffron Hockey Classic at Kohl Center.

That’s not to mention the fact that he helped pave the road for another Watt star to take his talents to Madison: 2021 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (and J.J.’s younger brother) T.J. Watt.

All of that is to say that Watt is something of a legend in America’s Dairyland. Whichever fan sent him the awe-inspiring memento clearly wanted to return the favor.

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