- 5-time Pro Bowl selection (2012-15, 2018)
- 5-time Associated Press First-Team All-Pro (2012-15, 2018)
- 3-time Associated Press and PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014-15)
- Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017)
- Sports Illustrated Person of the Year (2017)
- 7-time AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 2, 2012; Week 15, 2012; Week 4, 2014; Week 11, 2014; Week 11, 2015; Week 17, 2015; Week 12, 2018)
- 6-time AFC Defensive Player of the Month (September, 2012; December, 2012; September, 2014; December, 2014; November, 2015; September, 2018)
- 2-time NFL sack leader (2012 and 2015)
- Totaled 101.0 sacks, 531 total tackles (409 solo), 172 tackles for loss, 281 quarterback hits, 61 passes defensed, 25 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries
- Tops in franchise history with 101.0 sacks
- Became the fourth-fastest player in NFL history to total 100.0 sacks when he did so in his 120th career game
- Became the first player in NFL history with at least 150 career tackles for loss and 100.0 sacks in their first 120 games
- Remains the only player in NFL history with at least 15.0 percent of a franchise's total sacks
- Leads the NFL with 281 quarterback hits and 172 tackles for loss and ranks second in the NFL in sacks since entering the league in 2011
- The only player in NFL history with 20-or-more sacks and 10-or-more passes defensed in the same season, which he accomplished twice (2012, 2014)
- Has four career 15.0-sack seasons (2012, 2014, 2015, 2018), which is the second-most in the NFL since 1982. Reggie White is the only other player to notch three 15.0-sack seasons in his first five years in the league
- Has six games with 3.0-or-more sacks in his career
- Owns the four highest single-season sack totals in team history (2012, 2014, 2015, 2018)
- Became the second-fastest NFL player to reach 80.0 career sacks, doing so in his 92nd career game. Hall of Fame DE Reggie White accomplished the feat in 70 career games
- Has registered 26 career games with multiple sacks, which is the most in the NFL since 2011 and tied for the fifth-most in NFL history through 128 career games
- Posted 50-or-more quarterback hits in two straight seasons (2014-15)
- Posted his fourth straight season (2012-15) with 40-or-more quarterback hits and reached 200 career quarterback hits. His 2012-15 seasons are currently the top four single-season quarterback hit totals since 2006
- Became the fastest defensive lineman to reach 50 career passes defensed in NFL history, doing so in his 100th game, passing Kevin Williams and Jason Taylor who each reached the milestone in their 123rd games
- Among defensive lineman in league history, Watt ranks tied-for-fifth with six regular season touchdowns.
- One of three players in NFL history to win at least three AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards when he did so in 2012 and 2014-15.
Nothing but love and respect for one of the best to ever do it in H-Town 🤘 We can't wait to celebrate your legacy soon.
Former Houston Texans DL J.J. Watt announced that he will be retiring after the 2022 NFL season.