The dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans franchise officially released three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt on Friday and, as one would expect, speculation began immediately on where the five-time Pro Bowler will suit up next.
Now, J.J. Watt’s best years might be behind him but there’s certainly no doubt that the 31-year-old can still improve just about any defense in the NFL and a new uniform might just be the thing he needs to reinvigorate what will no doubt end up being a Hall of Fame career. And if his brother, T.J. Watt, has anything to say on the matter, that uniform will be that of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
15 minutes after J.J. Watt dropped the news of his release on Twitter, T.J. Watt started recruiting his big brother to the Steelers, who also employ their other brother, fullback Derek Watt, and hilariously used Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to do so.
J.J. Watt was released by the Houston Texans on Friday after 10 seasons with the franchise
After 10 seasons together, the Houston Texans and J.J. Watt have officially agreed to part ways after Watt requested his release from the franchise that seems to be in complete disarray at the moment.
In those 10 seasons, Watt was a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a five-time Pro Bowler, a five-time First-Team All-Pro, a two-time sacks leader, a Bert Bell Award winner, a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner, and was a unanimous selection to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s.
In 128 regular-season games for the Texans, Watt recorded 531 tackles (409 solo), 172 tackles for loss, 101 sacks, 25 forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He also added 28 tackles (20 solo), nine tackles for loss, six sacks, and a pick six in eight postseason games.
T.J. Watt hilariously used Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to recruit J.J. Watt to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Literally 15 minutes after J.J. Watt announced on Twitter that he and the Texans were parting ways, T.J. Watt, who perhaps should have won NFL Defensive Player of the Year this past season, took to Twitter himself to begin his public pitch to bring his big brother to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He didn’t type a single word but instead used a GIF of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from his WWE days to do his talking for him.
Just fantastic stuff there.
If T.J. Watt gets his wish, the Pittsburgh Steelers would be the first team in NFL history to have three brothers on the roster
Well, my subheading there gives away this last part but I’ll go ahead and share again for those of you who skipped over it.
If T.J. Watt gets his wish and J.J. Watt joins him and Derek Watt in Pittsburgh, the Steelers would become the first team in NFL history to have three brothers on the roster.
And it’s not as if J.J. Watt going to the Steelers is just a fun thing to think about. It actually makes good football sense. Pittsburgh is likely going to lose pass rusher Bud Dupree in free agency and they’ll need to replace him. Who better than a proven commodity with something to prove that would likely love to be rushing quarterbacks with his little brother?
Stay tuned as this wild NFL offseason continues.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference