T.J. Watt enters the NFL this season with big shoes to fill. Not only is he a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team who has produced All-Pro and Hall of Fame linebackers for the past 45 years, but he also is playing in the shadow of his big brother J.J., who has been AP Defensive Player of the Year three of the six years he has played in the NFL.

While preseason performances should always be taken with a grain of salt, T.J. had a great debut for the Steelers. Watt got two sacks en route to a 20-12 victory over the New York Giants. J.J. was impressed his little brother and it turned out rapper Kendrick Lamar was so impressed, he texted J.J. about him.

Thanks to For The Win for transcribing:

 

“I came out of a meeting and I actually had a text on my phone, and the first text I saw, it was the most crazy thing in the world because I read the text, and it said, ‘See your little bro out there balling. Hope all is well,’ you know. I looked and I was like that was from Kendrick Lamar. I was like wait a second, what did my little brother do? So I go on Google and check it out, two sacks in four plays, so I texted him so he could see what Kendrick said after the game. It was the craziest thing in the world to see one of the best rappers in the world, possibly the best rapper in the world, texting me about my little brother.”

“I came out of a meeting and I actually had a text on my phone, and the first text I saw, it was the most crazy thing in the world because I read the text, and it said, ‘See your little bro out there balling. Hope all is well,’ you know. I looked and I was like that was from Kendrick Lamar. I was like wait a second, what did my little brother do? So I go on Google and check it out, two sacks in four plays, so I texted him so he could see what Kendrick said after the game. It was the craziest thing in the world to see one of the best rappers in the world, possibly the best rapper in the world, texting me about my little brother.”

It’s still a long way to go before proclaiming T.J. Watt as the next great defender in the NFL. But maybe J.J. should be worried if anyone starts referring to him as “T.J.’s brother” rather than the other way around.

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