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Steelers Daily News & Links: Watt for DPOY, Heyward Gives Back



Pittsburgh Steelers OLB T.J. Watt
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 16, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson called out Mike Florio in his postgame press conference for saying the San Francisco 49ers would kick the s*** out of the Ravens.

“That’s disrespectful. He ain’t put no pads on. If he put the pads on I think it would be different,” Jackson said after the Ravens’ 33-19 win over the 49ers. “Guy not playing against us and being disrespectful, I guess he just wanted more views on his little channel. We’re going to leave it at that.” 

🏈 If T.J. Watt records three more sacks across his final two games for the Steelers, he will become the fourth player in history to record multiple seasons with 20+ sacks, joining Deacon Jones, Mark Gastineau and J.J. Watt, per Christopher Carter of Locked on Steelers

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🏈 Despite better statistical numbers, T.J. Watt’s odds of winning NFL Defensive of the Year are a lot lower than Myles Garrett and Micah Parsons. Watt ranks third at +300, while Garrett is at +155 and Parsons leads at +100, per Fox Sports. Watt leads both Garrett and Parsons in sacks (17), tackles (58), forced fumbles (4), fumble recoveries (3), quarterback hits (33), passes defended (8), interceptions (1) and touchdowns (1). Watt is tied with Garrett in tackles for loss (16).

🏈 Peter King of NBC Sports wrote a special holiday version of Football Morning in America, featuring the Steelers’ Cam Heyward and his efforts to do good in his community.

“As I’ve covered the league over the years, I’ve encountered lots of giving, unselfish players and coaches who realize how fortunate they are in this life, and who want to do things to say thanks for that good fortune. A month or so ago, NBC asked me to conjure up a feature for this weekend’s games on NBC and Peacock. I chose Pittsburgh defensive end Cam Heyward, 34, in his 13th season as a Steeler,” King wrote.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Willie Williams, born on December 26, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina. Williams, who was drafted by the Steelers out of Western Carolina in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, had two separate stints with Pittsburgh. He played with the Steelers from 1993-1996 and finished his career with the team in 2004 and 2005. In between, he played with the Seattle Seahawks from 1997-2003. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Williams was inactive for the game, however.

On March 3, 2006, Willams and veteran quarterback Tommy Maddox, were released as salary cap cuts. Williams then retired from football.

🎥 The Immaculate Reception was not the last play of the game. Here’s the extra point, the kickoff, and Oakland’s last chance, courtesy of Steel City Star.



Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: The Pittsburgh Pirates made a roster move to clear space for Andrew McCutchen.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pitt football landed a transfer portal commitment from an NC State offensive lineman.

West Virginia Sports Now: A trade proposed by ESPN would send WVU alum Geno Smith to the Steelers.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State defensive back and Penn Hills native Daequan Hardy has declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The USL has announced the 2024 Pittsburgh Riverhounds schedule.