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T.J. Watt gets snubbed for Defensive Player of the Year award

The Pittsburgh Steelers organization and fan base were watching the NFL Honors program February 8th intently waiting for the announcement of who would win the Defensive Player of the Year award. When the event got to this prestigious award, the fans who feared Watt would be overlooked by a player like Myles Garrett had their worries come to fruition as Watt was snubbed when looking to claim his second career Defensive Player of the Year Award.

T.J. Watt is coming off an incredible season, and one worthy of such an honor, too bad the powers that be didn’t see it the same way. For those who might have forgotten, here are some of the accolades Watt racked up this season.

Watt led the NFL in sacks in 2023 with 19, the second highest of his career, and it’s the third time he has led the league in that category, also doing so in 2020 and 2021. He is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in sacks three times. Watt also became the seventh player since 1982 with at least 17 sacks in two of his first seven seasons.

Watt was selected to the Pro Bowl Games for the fifth time in his career, although he didn’t take part because of his end of season knee injury, and was voted the Steelers 2023 MVP, the fourth time in his career he won that honor.

Watt broke the Steelers all-time sack record during the 2023 season when he recorded his 81.5 career sack against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 of the season, breaking the record set by James Harrison.

Watt currently holds the Steelers record with 96.5 career sacks, which is third-most in NFL history by a player in their first seven seasons in the NFL.

As for Watt’s response…this simple message says it all…


Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the 2024 offseason.

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