J.J. Watt and His Brothers Just Made NFL History
Over the last several years, J.J. Watt and his brothers T.J. and Derek have each added to their football legacy by reaching the NFL. That has seen an increase in popularity around the brothers as they have etched out their own paths in the league. With that in mind, the Watt brothers are set to put themselves in the record books with a unique feat.
Watt brothers’ NFL careers
J.J. Watt holds the distinct honor in his family to play first in the NFL with the Houston Texans.
The eldest Watt brother has established himself as one of the best defensive players in the league. He has put together a Hall of Fame-worthy resume with three Defensive Player of the Year awards, five First-Team All-Pro selections, and five Pro Bowl nods.
T.J. Watt has begun to build a promising resume as he has earned back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in his second and third years. That includes a First-Team All-Pro nod and a Second-Team All-Pro selection. He has become one of the anchors defensively for the Pittsburgh Steelers, which could see a Defensive Player of the Year award or two in his future.
Derek Watt has established himself in the NFL as a full-back despite the league primarily moving away from that position. The 27-year-old spent his first four seasons with the LA Chargers and joined T.J. with the Steelers this offseason. Now the three Watt brothers have the chance to make league history.
J.J. Watt and his brothers will make NFL history
Each of the Watt brothers has spent the last few years in the league together, which presents a unique opportunity.
It has taken an extraordinary turn for Week 3 action between the Texans and Steelers as J.J. Watt is set to take on his brothers T.J. and Derek for the first time together on the same NFL field. That all sets them up to become just the second trio of brothers to play in the same game in league history.
The first time that occurred happened in the 2018 season between the Steelers and Buffalo Bills. That contest featured the three Edmunds brothers Tremaine, Terrell, and Trey, playing in the same game. There is sure to be plenty of publicly around this rare occurrence as it’s not often that a set of brothers, let alone a trio, play in the NFL.
It just speaks to the tremendous talent each possesses to be in the league.
Texans hoping to get on track against the Steelers
It hasn’t been the start to the 2020 season that the Texans hoped to have after dropping their first two games.
Houston had the difficult task of going up against two of the top teams in the league in the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. It was a struggle in each contest to get their offense going as they quickly faced double-digit deficits.
The task doesn’t get any easier against another a playoff-caliber team in Week 3 facing the Steelers. Pittsburgh is coming off winning their first two games after edging out the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. These haven’t been impressive victories by any means, but more so displayed room for growth.
Ben Roethlisberger has shown increasingly better play with each game under his belt after missing the last 15 games in 2019 due to an elbow injury. His performance will be critical for the Steelers to remain undefeated in the 2020 campaign.
Meanwhile, the Texans are hoping to get back on track as a loss could see their season quickly tumble south. They have a gauntlet of games over the next four weeks after that with the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and Green Bay Packers. All that places tremendous pressure on Houston to finally get in the win column in Week 3.