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Days After Tom Brady’s Friend Faced a Tragedy, TJ Watt Gives a Heart Attack to NFL Fans

Published 05/19/2023, 12:52 PM EDT

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Sports fans often find themselves on an emotional roller coaster. TJ Watt, the Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker, riled up his fans and followers when he posted a viral video to his Twitter, causing fans to hold their breath. Although Watt is a millionaire football player, he takes out the time to do his own housework, especially in the offseason. But a regular task nearly turned to disaster as Watt shared footage of his near miss. Just like any other day, Watt was preparing to clean his swimming pool as disaster nearly struck.

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With his dog watching on, Watt lost his footing and crashed into his swimming pool, sending fear into the hearts of fans, as they watched him face down inside the pool. But fear not, Watt lived to tell the tale. 

Fans sent into shock as TJ Watt narrowly avoids disaster


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Although Watt’s fall could have proven to be much worse than it turned out, the Linebacker got out injury free. His only concern after falling into the pool: saving his phone from getting soaked. But fans weren’t nearly as unconcerned, especially after the recent heartbreaking news from a former teammate of Tom Brady, Shaquil Barrett. After Watt shared the video on Twitter, many fans were left with their jaw on the floor with concern. 

This fan was left panicking after seeing Watt’s escape.


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Another fan expressed his, and every Steelers fan’s concern.

This fan even offered to help out Watt himself.

But some fans did make light of the situation as they joked about it on Twitter.

This fan even joked about Watt’s sack on Deshaun Watson.


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Steelers fans are now at ease since they know their premier linebacker is safe. But the concern from fans was quite understandable, especially in light of the recent tragedy to fellow Buccaneers linebacker, Shaquil Barrett. 

The tragic case of Shaquil Barrett

Just recently, news broke of a heartbreaking tragedy that struck the family of Shaquil Barrett. Barrett, a former teammate of Tom Brady during Tampa’s Super Bowl Run, announced the loss of his 2-year-old daughter. The news was a blow to every NFL fan, but the circumstances of her passing made the news even more heartbreaking to digest. 


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Barrett’s daughter accidentally slipped into their private swimming pool when she was left unsupervised, leading to her tragic drowning. The news was a shocking moment for everyone within the NFL community as condolences poured in. The tragedy was a devastating reality check about the fragile nature of life for every human. As the Barrett family continues to deal with their loss, our prayers remain with them.
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Written by:

Armaan Gupta


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Armaan Gupta is an NFL Writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Media and Communication from a prestigious university. Gupta's love for football spans different leagues, from NFL to College Football to XFL.
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Hitesh Nigam