USA City loses some of its top sportsmen
Houston has lost many of its biggest stars over the last year and the news of JJ Watt‘s imminent departure from the Houston Texans is yet another blow to the city.
Watt has written his name in to Houston folklore by helping the city greatly during natural disasters and throughout the pandemic.
Despite being plagued by injury, he’s won five ProBowls, five All-Pros and 101 sacks in 128 games, all of which have made him a hero in the city. Despite this, he has decided to move on to pastures new.
Over the last year, five sporting heroes have left the city of Houston to ply their trade elsewhere.
The most recent was James Harden who created huge controversy during the off-season when he didn’t want to report with the team, put on weight and was out partying which led to him being sanctioned for breaking coronavirus protocols.
Fans wanted him out and he finally came to an agreement with the Brooklyn Nets.
To many people’s disbelief, Texans’ receptor DeAndre Hopkins left for the Arizona Cardinals. The move came as a shock as many saw him as an integra part of the Texans offense and one of the best players in his position in the league.
However, his wage demands weren’t met in Houston and after six seasons he moved to Arizona until 2025 with a deal worth 54.5 million dollars.
One of the biggest surprises of the off-season was Russell Westbrook’s move to the Washington Wizards.
After failing to win a title alongside James Harden and watching the scandal that surrounded his teammate, he decided to move to the capital in exchange for John Wall and a Draft pick.
The Houston Astros also lost one of their biggest players at the start of January when George Springer’s move to the Toronto Blue Jays was announced in a six year deal worth 150 million dollars.
Springer had spent all his career at the Astros since he was chosen in the 2011 Draft. He was chosen to play in the All-Star game on three occasions and won the 2017 World Series MVP.