JJ Watt hopes for diploma ahead of graduation speech at University of Wisconsin-Madison

By Amanda Cochran - Social Media Producer
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J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans walks off the field after defeating the Tennessee Titans 57-14 at NRG Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

HOUSTON - Houston Texans star J.J. Watt never graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but he’s speaking at commencement there in May with perhaps more than a little hope in his heart of scoring his diploma. 

In an Instagram post about the honor of being selected to speak at the school, Watt said Wednesday he “wouldn’t be too upset” if a diploma “happened to slide (his) way.”

Watt became a star defensive lineman and second-team All-American at the school, but he left a year early and was signed by the Houston Texans as the No. 11 overall draft pick of 2011. 

Watch his full message in the Instagram post below. The post has been viewed more than 200,000 times.


Watt received an honorary degree from Baylor College in 2018. 

Watt addressed the commencement speech on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

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