PITTSBURGH — For most of Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt’s NFL career, his big brother J.J. Watt has been a bit of a looming presence.
Five years older, J.J. Watt entered the NFL and had already established himself as one of the greatest defensive players of his generation before T.J. came along in 2017. J.J. was a four-time All-Pro, a four-time Pro Bowler, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year before his youngest brother was selected by the Steelers in the 2017 NFL Draft.
So in many ways, J.J. — and the inevitable comparisons to his older brother — have always been there for T.J. Watt.
But for the first six seasons of T.J.’s career, that presence was metaphorical. Now that J.J. has retired, his presence around T.J.’s game has become decidedly physical.
J.J. Watt is working for CBS as part of their The NFL Today pregame show. But he’s already made time to attend two of his brother’s games since he has retired. Watt was at the Steelers’ Week 4 game in Houston, which coincided with his induction into the Texans Ring of Honor.
This week, he made the trek to Pittsburgh, along with his wife, professional soccer player Kealia Ohai, to take in T.J.’s game.
Watt was seen twirling a Terrible Towel along to Renegade, he apparently ate way too many tater tots, and generally seemed to enjoy spending time rooting on his younger brother.
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“His arm is going to be sore from waving that damn towel,” T.J. Watt said. “Every time I looked up there, he was waving the towel. I can’t wait to see them and hear about how he enjoyed the game.”
The weather in Pittsburgh right now is the most perfect football weather you could ever ask for.
Crisp fall air, clear blue skies, sun shining, leaves changing colors…
What a glorious day for a football game.
Vibes are immaculate right now.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 2, 2023
The Steelers defeated the Tennessee Titans, 20-16. So maybe having big brother in the house is a good luck charm.