T.J. Watt: Definitely a cool feeling to tie sack record

NFL: JAN 09 Steelers at Ravens
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Sunday was a very good day for the Steelers as a team and for linebacker T.J. Watt as an individual.

Watt dropped Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley for a sack late in the first half and that moved him into a tie with Michael Strahan for the NFL’s official record for most sacks in a season. Watt thought he’d tied the record earlier in the game when he tackled Huntley after the Ravens quarterback recovered a fumble on what was ruled an aborted snap and he had a half-sack taken away due to an unnecessary roughness penalty on Cameron Heyward, so he had to settle for the tie when all was said and done.

“It’s definitely a cool feeling,” Watt said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I don’t know if any of it’s really hit me. It’s not just myself. There’s so many great players, coaches and schemes — a lot of selfless guys in that locker room who have allowed me to make plays. That record is not just mine.”

Watt finished the day with five tackles, three quarterback hits, and a forced fumble and the Steelers wound up making the playoffs with an overtime win. Watt, who missed two games and big parts of two others this season, said the result left him “hungrier than ever” and he’ll be chasing Patrick Mahomes around Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday night.

22 responses to “T.J. Watt: Definitely a cool feeling to tie sack record

  1. Asterisks for Both ? Strahan had the Brett Farve lay down and Watt did it in 17 games.

  2. great player, and great record. This vindicates the big salary that Pittsburgh paid him at the beginning of the year. He also did this without his bookend, Tyson Alualu, on the other side. When Tyson’s back next year, TJ will be in the running to break the record again.

  3. Myles Garrett talked about breaking the record all year, didn’t even sniff it. Watt ties it and downplays it. the Standard is the Standard, and the Browns is the Browns

  4. Neither matters. Strahan’s “record” was corrupted by Favre’s dive and Watts’ by an extra game.

    The only way to evaluate season records is to divide the total achieved by the number of games in the season. Of course, the NFL will never do that because it puts O.J. SImpson at the top of the season rushing record. But it’s the only fair way to compare seasonal performances.

  5. All present/future sack records should have an asterisk until the NFL recognizes sacks before 1982.

  6. All these records have a blemish and don’t mean jack because they keep changing the number of games played. Strahan’s is blemished because Farve fell down on purpose to give his buddy a sack.

  7. To those saying he did it in 17 games aka 1 more game….the NFL wasn’t always 16 games either. 1978-2020 it was 16 games. Prior to that they played 10, 11, 12 and 14 game seasons so you could say anything after 1978 too should have an asterisks because they extended the number of games to 16.

  8. TJ Watt for MVP a man all fans can be proud of and all AP voters can be proud of casting their votes for.

  9. Jason Harshman says:
    January 10, 2022 at 10:08 am
    To those saying he did it in 17 games aka 1 more game….the NFL wasn’t always 16 games either. 1978-2020 it was 16 games. Prior to that they played 10, 11, 12 and 14 game seasons so you could say anything after 1978 too should have an asterisks because they extended the number of games to 16.

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    While I get what you are saying, sacks didn’t become an official stat until 1982 (tipping cap to Deacon Jones). Therefore sacks have always been a 16 game record.

  10. For the excuse maker pointing out the NFL was 10,11,12, etc. games in the past. Yes, but the modern day NFL and record recording history has been based on a 16 game season. Not only that there should be a listing and separate record for each length of season. You would think needing the extra game the player themselves would point out it was not he same. Parsons for Dallas who if he did not miss the last game from covid would have probably broken the rookie sack record. two weeks ago he just said in would not be breaking a record if it took 17 games. That is how a sportsman thinks.

  11. For those on the 17 game train, JUST STOP!! He did it in basically 15 games. You all know you’d love him on your team, so give the guy his due. He is a beast, who is a great person and leader as well.

  12. The people saying he needed 17 games are pretty funny.

    He missed 2 full games and half of 2 other.

    In essence he set the record in about 14 games of playing time.

    TJ should have been DPY last year.

    He will finally get his due.

  13. The 17 game season argument is not valid. Like others have said TJ only played in 15 games. I mean should we start counting snaps played too? I guess some people think no records can be broken ever again because we have a 17 game season? Come on man.

  14. The people saying he did it in 15 games are pretty funny.
    If the season had not been extended to include a 17th game, he would have been stuck 1 sack short.
    That train runs both ways…

  15. I am happy and sad! As a long time Cowboys fan I still don’t understand how they could pass over drafting T. J. for Taco charlton! I hope whomever had Jerry’s ear on that day is plying his trade elsewhere!

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