Friday, March 12, 2021
Five time pro bowler and former Houston Texan football player J.J. Watt recently signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. worth a whopping $31 million. Watt has long been associated with #99 as he made the number very popular during his stint in Houston.
As expected, J.J. Watt intended on wearing the same number as an Arizona Cardinal, but there was a problem. The #99 was retired in honor of Marshall Goldberg, who is considered a legend in Cardinals. Goldberg was drafted in the second-round of the NFL draft in 1939 by the Cardinals, who were located in Chicago at the time.
Although it appeared that Watt would have to choose a new number to sport, as it turns out, there has been an exception made in favor of the pro-bowler. Watt spoke to Goldberg's daughter, Ellen Goldberg Tullos, who has granted permission for Watt to sport her dad's number. Tullos stated that she believes her dad would have been honored for Watt to wear "his old digits in Arizona."
On behalf of her dad and the family, Tullos gave Watt her blessing and the Cardinals have confirmed that J.J. Watt will indeed sport the infamous #99.
See J.J. WATT GETS #99 WITH CARDINALS ... After Call W/ Marshall Goldberg's Daughter, TMZ Sports, March 2, 2021.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.