Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt was the NFL‘s Defensive Player of the Year last season and has emerged as one of the most dominant defenders in pass rushers in all of football. However, he’s not ready to say that he’s the best defender in the league – or even his family.
In a recent interview with The Pivot, Watt addressed comparisons to his older brother J.J. Watt, saying that it’s too early for such comparisons, citing just how dominant J.J. Watt was in his prime.
He may be reigning Defensive Player Of The Year but @_TJWatt is very clear on the player he admires most.
— Pivot Podcast (@thepivot) August 16, 2022
“I want people to understand how great my brother truly was in his prime,” T.J. Watt said. “You go back and you look, you watch the film, the guy was frickin’ unstoppable. Absolutely unstoppable. He’ll never say it, but people need to go back and look at that. The guy was doing incredible 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.”
He’s certainly not wrong about his older dominance. J.J. Watt was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He’s also a five-time All-Pro and a two-time NFL sacks leader.
T.J. Watt is good, but it’s fair to say he hasn’t left the legacy his older brother has just yet.