Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro edge-rusher and defending defensive player of the year TJ Watt made history during the 2021 NFL season when he tied Hall of Famer Michael Strahan for the most sacks recorded by a player in a campaign with 22.5.
Earlier this offseason, Watt was considered a potential Most Valuable Player contender who could potentially set several personal bests in the upcoming season. Thus, some have logically compared the 27-year-old player to his older brother JJ Watt.
During his best days with the Houston Texans, JJ Watt won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012, 2014 and 2015. As noted by Kevin Patra of the NFL website, JJ Watt also finished second in MVP voting for the 2014 campaign. Per Patra and Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, TJ Watt reminded everyone of these realities on the latest edition of “The Pivot Podcast”.
“It’s like a real thing. I think it’s misinterpreted…I want people to understand how awesome my brother really was in his prime,” TJ Watt explained. “I think it’s getting lost today, and I know he’d be upset if I said that, but I think it really is. You go back, and you watch, you watch the movie, the guy was unstoppable. Absolutely unstoppable “He’ll never tell, but it’s like, I think people need to go back and watch this. The guy did amazing things for four or five years, and I think he can still play at a high level. I think I’m too early in my career to compare myself to him right now, honestly.”
It was said last month that TJ Watt was “closer” to becoming a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No disrespect, but JJ Watt has already reached this level, while TJ still has a ways to go.
Also on “The Pivot Podcast,” Steelers running back Najee Harris explained how he and iconic Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban were “banging heads a lot” and “didn’t get along. not at the beginning”.