It was never in doubt, but T.J. Watt has just inked his name in Pittsburgh Steelers history, all but securing his spot in the team’s Ring of Honor and even in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
With his sack in Monday night’s win over the Cleveland Browns, the defensive specialist officially became the franchise’s all-time leader in that regard, with 81.5 (via theScore).
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— theScore (@theScore) September 19, 2023
To make this even more impressive, we’re talking about a guy who’s been in the league for just seven seasons, and who missed six games last year.
Watt is just 29 years old and still way in his physical prime, so you better believe he’s going to continue adding to his historic tally.
Throughout the course of their history, the Steelers have had some of the most dominant defenses in the league, making this accomplishment even more remarkable.
Watt is a special kind of talent and one of the prime pass rushers in the game, a disruptive force that could alter an entire offense once he comes in racing and wreaking havoc.
He’s led the league in sacks twice, even tying Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 sacks in 2021.
He’s on pace to do it again this season, with 4.0 sacks in just two games, which would give him 34 for the season if he were able to continue this rate, which seems unlikely.
Whatever the case, Watt can rest assured that he’ll be immortalized in the Hall of Fame as soon as he becomes eligible, but we hope we’re still years away from that.
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