How Old Are the Watt Brothers and Which College Did They All Attend?

Every so often the NFL features brothers playing in the league at the same time. Peyton and Eli Manning. Martellus and Michael Bennett. The McCourty twins. It’s not common, but it happens from time to time. One of the league’s most famous group of brothers is the Watt brothers: J.J., T.J., and Derek. Unlike most groups of brothers, this one has three instead of just two.

But how old are the individual Watt brothers, and which college did they attend? Let’s take a closer look at each of their careers. 

J.J. Watt’s NFL career

J.J. isn’t just the best professional football player among the Watt brothers. He might be the best defensive player among…well, pretty much any group you can think of. He’s also the biggest Watt brother by a significant margin. That’s saying something since all three are fairly large people. 

Watt has dominated the league since entering in 2011. Here’s a quick taste of what he’s accomplished at the NFL level: 

  • 112 games played
  • 96 sacks
  • 372 solo tackles
  • 23 forced fumbles 
  • One interception returned for a touchdown
  • 15 recovered fumbles
  • 158 tackles for a loss
  • Three receiving touchdowns
  • Three-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2015, 2017) 
  • 2014 Bert Bell Award winner for player of the year
  • 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year
  • 2011 All-Rookie team

Unfortunately for Texans fans, Watt suffered a season-ending injury in October that will keep him out until 2020 at the earliest. 

T.J. Watt’s NFL career

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The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Watt with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The linebacker has quickly risen to the game’s elite, becoming one of the best defensive players in football in just two years. Here’s what he’s been able to accomplish so far in his short but brilliant career: 

  • 41 games played
  • 30.5 sacks 
  • 111 solo tackles
  • 11 forced fumbles 
  • Two interceptions
  • 31 tackles for loss
  • 58 quarterback hits
  • 2017 NFL All-Rookie team
  • 2019 NFL Top 100 players

T.J. hasn’t reached J.J.’s status yet — it would be hard to after only two seasons in the league — but he’s well on his way. He’s already one of the league’s best. T.J. could very well become the best of the three Watt brothers.

Derek Watt’s NFL career

The Chargers drafted Derek with the 198th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Unlike the other Watt brothers, he’s not a defensive player. Derek is a fullback. Here are his career stats during his NFL career up to this point: 

  • 58 games played
  • 45 rushing yards on 17 carries
  • 10 receptions for 152 yards

While Derek hasn’t made much of an impact on the stat sheet, that hardly means he doesn’t impact the game. He’s a tremendous blocker. One fan poll said he was Chargers’ fans choice for the team’s most underappreciated player. He complements running back Melvin Gordon well, helping to open up lanes for him. 

How old are the Watt brothers and which college did they attend? 

The Watt brothers played their college football in the same place — the University of Wisconsin. Here’s how old they are, from oldest to youngest: 

  • JJ: 30 years old
  • Derek: 27 years old 
  • TJ: 25 years old 

All three have a bright future ahead of them. Though J.J. will miss the rest of 2019, he’s still in the prime of his career at age 30 and has nowhere to go but up. T.J. feels like he’s just scratching the surface of his defensive prowess. And Derek, while not heralded by many, clearly has done a great, if not well-praised, job in helping the Chargers’ running game.