NFL legend JJ Watt and wife Kealia invest in Burnley ahead of Premier League return and vow to ‘elevate its global profile’ in a new era for the Turf Moor team
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NFL hero JJ Watt and his wife, former United States international Kealia, have invested in English football team Burnley as they bid to usher in a new era of success at the club.
Burnley, coached by Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, have already secured promotion to the English Premier League and the power couple will be attending the team’s game on Wednesday night against Cardiff.
They previously attended Burnley’s 3-0 home victory against Wigan on March 11 at Turf Moor.
In a joint statement, the couple said: ‘When you invest in a club that’s been around since 1882, you must have great respect for its history and tradition.
‘We understand that not only are we investing in the squad and manager, we’re investing in the town and its people. We take that responsibility very seriously and intend to work hard in earning their trust and support.
JJ Watt and his wife Kealie have invested in Burnley ahead of their Premier League return
The couple have vowed to grow the global profile of the team as part of the partnership
Coach Vincent Kompany has guided Burnley back to the Premier League for next season
‘We have such great respect for what has been built here by Alan (Pace, Burnley chairman), Vincent and the entire organization and are looking forward to working with them.
‘We believe that Burnley is a special club with incredible supporters and we want to help continue to elevate its global profile on its return to the Premier League.’
Watt retired from the NFL last year after 12 seasons. He is a three-time defensive player of the year and widely tipped as a future hall-of-famer. In 2021, Forbes ranked his estimated wealth at $34.5m (
His wife Kealia played three times for the United States women’s team and has underlined her desire to elevate the growth of the women’s team at Burnley.
‘In the US, I’ve seen the NWSL grow into something really incredible, and we’d love to be a part of growing the women’s team here and be a part of their journey,’ she said.
Burnley chairman Alan Pace added: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to welcome JJ and Kealia into the Clarets family.
‘This is a conversation that has been happening for some time and over the course of this season we’ve been hugely impressed by their passion and interest in both the club and the Burnley community. I am very much looking forward to working with them.
‘Both JJ and Kealia bring with them an incredible amount of top-level sporting pedigree and success, as well as ideas and connections that will be invaluable in helping us to continue telling the Clarets story to an international audience.’
Watt announced in January that we was going to retire from the NFL.
‘It just feels like a good time,’ the 34-year-old said. ‘I want to leave while I’m playing good football, while I’m proud of the film I’m putting out. I want people to remember me for playing good ball, not for getting knocked on my ass.’
There are, however, concerns that Burnley’s impressive coach Kompany could leave the team at the end of the season.
He has been linked with the Tottenham job after an impressive first season at Watt’s new team.