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TJ Watt: I still can’t compare myself to my brother

TJ Watt, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he still can’t compare his career to that of his brother and Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt.

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TJ Watt, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he still can’t compare his career to that of his brother and Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt
Joe SargentAFP

For the last five years the Pittsburgh Steelers have had one of the top pass rushers in the league in T.J Watt. However, the linebacker believes he is not yet at the level of his brother J.J. Watt, who was part of the 2010 Hall of Fame Team of the Decade.

The Steelers linebacker was a guest in the latest episode of The Pivot podcast and declared that he still can’t compare to his older brother, despite holding the record for most sacks in a season.

“I want people to know how great my brother was in his prime. […] You check the video and he was unstoppable, absolutely unstoppable. He was amazing for four or five years and I still think he can play at a great level. I think it's too early in my career to compare myself to my brother, honestly,” said Trent Jordan Watt.

Between 2012 and 2015 the older Watt brother was in his prime, winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards (2012, 2014 and 2015), four first-team All-Pro nominations and four invitations to the Pro Bowl. At the moment, T.J. has a DPoY award, three first-team All-Pros and four Pro Bowls.

Statistical differences between siblings

The difference lies in the number of sacks in his first five seasons: the now Cardinals player recorded 74.5 and the Steelers linebacker 72 but keep in mind, J.J. played three more games than T.J.

In terms of interceptions, T.J. had four picks compared to his older brother’s two. The younger Watt has more forced fumbles 22-15 but in fumble recoveries the former Texans defensive end has the edge 12-7.

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