After tying Michael Strahan week 18 for the single season sack record T.J. Watt has etched his name into history books. No one can deny the fact that Watt has become one of the leagues premier pass rushers while spending time in the league racking up 72 sacks in just 5 seasons with this year being a career high with 22.5 even though he missed significant play time dealing with a lingering injury and even played with cracked ribs during the season. Many Pittsburgh fans have started to wonder over the years with his constant elite play and leading the NFL as an edge player why hasn’t he gotten Defensive Player of the Year.
Born October 11th 1994 in Pewaukee Wisconsin, Trent Jordan Watt grew up playing sports following in the footsteps of his older brothers, JJ and Derek Watt, he ultimately ended up playing football for his high school. There he earned the status of a 3 star recruit by 24/7 sports signing onto Wisconsin’s roster in 2013 as a tight end. After an injury filled career he was asked to switch to defense where he shined his junior year with 11.5 sacks. All though he was heavily doubted entering the draft with questions about his durability he was still chosen 29th overall in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is one of the best shots the Steelers have ever taken. T.J. Watt exploded onto the seen his rookie year and has only improved since then leading the league in sacks 2 years in a row.
Being the runner up in both 2019 and 2020 for the Defensive Player of the Year award, Watt has turned it up this year with 21 tackles for loss, 64 total tackles, 22.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. Watt has proven why he’s the NFL’s highest paid defensive player after signing a $112 million dollar extension this off-season and hopefully before the Super Bowl we learn he gets to add DPOY to his already impressive resume.