When the Houston Texans host Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium in Week 16 on Christmas day, J.J. Watt has a desire to go head-to-head against his brother T.J. now that they are both in the NFL.
“His brother is hoping he can play fullback once or twice when we play them this year so he can try to run over his brother,” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said in an interview with Missi Matthews of Steelers.com.
With the No. 30 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Steelers selected T.J. Watt from the University of Wisconsin on April, 27.
Although J.J. has accomplished a lot in his NFL career and is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, he has always held his younger brother to a very high regard.
“He’s much better than me at that age,” he said on The Dan Patrick Show before the draft. “He’s much more refined. He’s got better instincts than I had at that age.”
There’s reason to believe T.J. will have an immediate impact with Pittsburgh, but trying to stop his brother would be a sight to see. The elder Watt has hauled in three touchdowns when making an appearance on the offensive side of the ball.
If T.J. wants to step out of J.J.’s massive shadow and make a name for himself, getting the best of his brother in live action would be a good way to do that.