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J.J. Watt Defends Brother T.J.’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year Resume

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt missed out on NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year Saturday night, ultimately losing to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle and Pittsburgh-native Aaron Donald.

While T.J. was relatively quiet following the defeat, his brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, was not happy.

He took to Twitter on Saturday night, defending his brother’s dominant season and subsequent snub, pointing to his statistical lead over Donald in every major defensive category.

“Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player. I love watching him play & he’s headed to the Hall of Fame without question. This has nothing to do with AD personally. This is me saying what my brother won’t,” Watt said. “T.J. played 1 less game and STILL led the NFL in every major category.”

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He is not wrong in his comparison, as T.J. did outpace Donald in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, pressures, quarterback hits, pass defenses and interceptions last season.

Still, defenders of Donald’s win will point to the fact that he plays defensive tackle, continuing to dominate and post insane numbers while consistently facing double and triple teams.

As mentioned earlier, T.J. was relatively quiet following the loss, but he did indicate some disappointment, revealing how he will motivate himself heading into next season.

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