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NFL star Watt and wife Kealia invest in Burnley

Former NFL star JJ Watt and his wife Kealia Watt, a former USA international, have announced their investment in Burnley Football Club.

JJ is a three-time defensive player of the year winner. The 34-year-old retired from the game at the end of the 2022 season after 12 seasons with the Houston Texans (2011-20 and Arizona Cardinals (2021-22).

Kealia enjoyed a successful club career with Houston Dash and Chicago Red Stars, representing the US national team on three occasions in 2016. She retains the record for scoring the fastest goal of any debutant for the women's national team, netting 48 seconds into her international debut.

The couple have always had an interest in English football, with JJ having been a fan of Chelsea and Kealia of Arsenal, she told Sky Sports News, but their loyalties lie firmly with Burnley now after announcing their investment into the club

"We went to Burnley, visited the town and we just fell in love," Kealia said. "It's such an incredible place

"What Vincent (Kompany) has done with this team is unbelievable. We cannot wait to watch this [next] season.

"We're so excited. It's going to be so cool - we'll be there on opening day. We're counting down the days, we cannot wait."

JJ added: "It's all about the opportunity to have an impact in the club.

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