T.J. Watt named to The Sporting News NFL All-Pro team
The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base knows how good they have it with T.J. Watt. Since he was drafted in 2017, he has been a steady force continually getting better year after year. And, if we’re being honest, things don’t look like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. On top of the superb play, Watt is garnering some serious accolades across the NFL landscape after his 19 sack season in 2023.
The most recent, was him being named to The Sporting News NFL All-Pro team.
.@_TJWatt was voted to The Sporting News NFL All-Pro team 💪
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 1, 2024
Unlike some awards, this honor is voted on by NFL coaches, and here is what some people had to say about Watt’s play this season:
“T.J., you can’t think of another guy that impacts the game more,” said Houston Texans Coach DeMeco Ryans prior to the Steelers-Texans game in 2023. “He is probably the most impactful defensive player in the league right now.
“When you have one guy who can pressure and disrupt the quarterback, it just changes the entire scheme of things defensively. You don’t have to blitz as much because you have a guy like T.J. Watt. When T.J. Watt gets help from a guy like (Alex) Highsmith, it’s almost unfair. T.J. is impressive.”
“You could make the argument he is the best player on defense in the world and you wouldn’t get a rebuttal from me when you watch the tape,” said Arizona Cardinals Coach Jonathan Gannon during the 2023 season. “Just what he does in the run game and in the pass game in affecting the quarterback and the ball. He’s very ball aware. He’s a high takeaway guy.
“They drop him, and he makes interceptions. He’s all over the field and plays with a super high motor.”
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.
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