JJ Watt signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.
Following his signing, many were left wondering what jersey number Watt would wear with his new team after donning the No. 99 during his tenure with the Houston Texans. In Arizona, the No. 99 has been retired to honor the legendary Marshall Goldberg, who was a star for the then-Chicago Cardinals and was inducted into the team’s ring of honor in 2006.
Goldberg starred as a two-way player for the Cardinals from 1939-1943 and after World War II from 1946-1948. The College Football Hall of Famer was one of the best players of his era.
So it initially appeared that Watt would have to find a new number, but that may not be the case after all.
Marshall Goldberg’s daughter, Ellen Goldberg Tullos, told TMZ Sports that her father would have been honored for Watt to wear the No. 99 and said that the family gives the star defender their blessing to rock the retired number.
“He has my blessings,” Tullos said, “and I’m sure my father would be more than delighted for him to carry it on. I know dad was really honored when they retired his number but also he’s always respected other players. And, if J.J. Watt had the number 99 with him for a long time and it meant something to him, I think he’d be delighted to let him use the number and unretire or whatever the proper word would be.