Oh look, another Watt making an impact in the NFL.
With older brothers J.J. and Derek already playing on Sundays, former Wisconsin Badgers outside linebacker T.J. Watt debuted on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers with two sacks, six tackles, and an interception in a 21–18 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Last week, the Steelers announced that Watt would start over veteran James Harrison. It looks like the move has paid off for Pittsburgh.
Working against fellow former Badger and Canton-bound Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, Watt worked up field and spun toward rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kizer didn’t get rid of the ball quickly, and Watt quickly reached his destination to register his first career sack.
Then, there was time to celebrate.
After Watt added his second sack, the Steelers announced that it was the first time a player in their organization recorded two in his first NFL game since the statistic became “official.”
With just about 90 seconds left in the third quarter, Watt dropped back in coverage. Kizer underthrew his pass to the outside, and guess who was there?
Check out Watt’s post-game interview, as well as the fun stat below.
T.J. Watt: 2.0 sacks, 1 INT in his first game— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 10, 2017
J.J. Watt has never had 2+ sacks and an INT in a single NFL game (89 games, inc. playoffs)
Just don’t ask #PackersTwitter about the organization not selecting Watt in the first round. Seriously.