T.J. Watt: My brother was unstoppable in his prime, it’s too early to compare me to him

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Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last year, but even if he’s the best defensive player in the league, he doesn’t consider himself the best defensive player in his own family.

Watt told The Pivot that his older brother, Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt, was so dominant during his best years with the Texans that there’s really no question which one of them is the better player.

“I want people to understand how great my brother truly was in his prime,” T.J. 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.”

J.J. Watt was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and is one of the best defensive players in NFL history. Injuries have severely affected his career since then, and he has missed at least half the season in four of the last six years. But at his best, J.J. Watt was incredible, and T.J. Watt is right: He’s not as good as his big brother yet.

21 responses to “T.J. Watt: My brother was unstoppable in his prime, it’s too early to compare me to him

  1. Your brother freelanced and gave up his gap integrity and the entire defense had to play around what he was doing instead of playing intelligent and disciplined defense.

    TJ is and will be far better.

  2. I just feel bad for Derek Watt. You make the NFL but you’re basically the Jan Brady of the family.

  3. JJ watt had 2 or 3 above average seasons. He is one of the most overrated players alongside Ryan Fitzpatrick and Christian Mcaaffery.

  4. TJ’s a beast, but he’s right. JJ was the man (when he wasn’t injured) in his prime!

    As a colts fan, I had to watch him destroy us for way too long

  5. If TJ can have a long injury free career we’ll see what might have been with JJ. Dominant player that just got injured too much.

  6. Well, JJ Watt was stopped many times. In those 3 years where he won the DPOY they lost badly in the playoffs twice and missed the playoffs the other year. Good teams neutralized him.

  7. And the Packers took some db (who they traded to Cleveland not long after) while Watt was still on the board. Pittsburgh appreciated that I’m sure but what a whiff….

  8. He was hurt more than not and disappeared in big games

    So what you are saying is he reminds you of NKeal Harry?

    JJ wasn’t playing on team or teams loaded with complementary players that could distract the offense from JJ.

  9. The Watts are both “me first” clowns whose teams have never won anything. JJ totally disappeared in big games., Name one playoff game where he has any moments. Yep, not one. And the younger brother has zero big moments as well. It’s a family full of narcissists who rush the passer and feast on weak opponents. And when they get to the quarterback, boy are they going to let everyone know about it. They are both absolute nobody’s compared to Aaron Donald.

  10. I think every team J.J faced in the playoffs would tend to disagree with you. How many titles did J.J win again? How many division titles did he bring the Texans? Right ZIPPO…This argument is O V E R…As in overrated

  11. What T.J. is saying is don’t give big contracts to guys who already have their prime years behind them. That’s probably not what the idea he wanted to convey, but he’s just being honest.

  12. The Watts are both “me first” clowns whose teams have never won anything. JJ totally disappeared in big games., Name one playoff game where he has any moments. Yep, not one. And the younger brother has zero big moments as well. It’s a family full of narcissists who rush the passer and feast on weak opponents. And when they get to the quarterback, boy are they going to let everyone know about it. They are both absolute nobody’s compared to Aaron Donald.

    Somebody sounds a little jealous and obviously has never watched a Steeler game but enjoys attacking successful players. Hey if you dislike a team that has embarrassed your team take it out on the team not the players and finally you are way off base here.

  13. T.J. should also have won DPOY in 2020.

    G Int PD FF Sacks Tckls Solo Ast TFL QB-Hits
    Donald 16 0 1 4 13.5 45 27 18 14 28
    TJ Watt 15 1 7 2 15.0 53 43 10 23 41

    One less game and he produced this line including leading the league in sacks.
    Why did Donald win? Can anyone explain?

  14. T.J. should also have won DPOY in 2020. In one less game Watt had more interceptions, passes defended, tackles, solo tackles, tackles for loss, QB hits, and a league leading 15 sacks. Why did Donald win? Can anyone explain?

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