‘Go Break the Record Kid’: JJ Watt Congratulates His Brother TJ Watt on His Rare NFL Feat

Published 01/05/2022, 12:20 AM EST

Arizona Cardinals DE JJ Watt motivated his brother TJ Watt to surpass Michael Strahan’s record in the upcoming weeks. The current record holder and former Giants player, Strahan holds the record with 22.5 sacks in the 2001 NFL season. Watt to his credit recorded four sacks in the Steelers’ 26-14 win over the Cleveland Browns. He currently stands at 21.5 sacks this season, one away from the NFL record for sacks in a single season.

Watt had an eventful game as he also ended up registering three tackles for loss and five QB hits. He was a constant defensive presence and troublesome to Browns QB Baker Mayfield, who is undergoing a torrid time. As a destroyer, Watt is really very happy with his performances.

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On his current focus, he was quoted saying, “And now it’s just trying to affect every game the best that I can. … It’s been working for me. So I’m not really looking at goals like that anymore, just trying to be a game-wrecker.” He also now is the 12th player since sacks were recorded to knockdown QBs at least 20 times in a single season, joining his big admirer.

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JJ Watt welcomes TJ to his realm

The only other player to record 20+ sacks is TJ’s brother JJ Watt, who did it twice in 2012 and 2015. A 3-time DPOY, JJ will be a big motivator for TJ to kick on and create his own Watt legacy. Defense seems to be a forte for Watt family members in the NFL, with Derek Watt also a fullback for the Steelers. Despite missing two games and sitting out for a majority of the third because of injury, it seems inevitable.

Aug 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback T.J.Watt warms up before playing the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

Watt joins Hall of Famer Reggie White and TJ as the only players since the stat became official in 1982 with 70-plus sacks over their first five NFL seasons. The last week of the regular season will see Watt face a Baltimore Ravens offense that has allowed 54 sacks this season. An opponent who seems perfectly softened up for Watt to hunt and surpass Strahan’s record with some comfort.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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