New Steelers OLB Markus Golden quickly acclimated himself to the roster, as T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith can only say good things about the new edge rusher on the team. However, T.J.’s brother and one of Golden’s former teammates had high praise for him.
Golden talked about how close he was to J.J. on Wednesday, noting that the eldest Watt brother has told him stories about his younger brother, T.J., and talked about what he could expect with the Steelers. Meanwhile, T.J. offered a warm reception to Golden upon his arrival.
“I know J.J., he works hard and funny guy, everybody thinks he’s serious all the time,” Golden said. “T.J. is a great dude. I got to talk to him right when I walked in and he didn’t do anything but show me love and tell me stories that J.J. told him. So, it feels good to be here with him, I know he’s a great player just like his brother.”
J.J. reciprocated the praise that Golden gave him during the press conference on Twitter. In a Tweet, using Golden’s nickname ‘Junk’, J.J. expressed how much of a great person and player Golden is, ending his statement with ‘brother for life’ at the end of it all.
“Junk is one of the best teammates I’ve ever been around,” Watt said. “Love that guy. Gonna give you everything he has every single time he steps on the field. Passion, energy, positive vibes, just loves the game & loves life. Brother for life.”
Junk is one of the best teammates I’ve ever been around. Love that guy. Gonna give you everything he has every single time he steps on the field. Passion, energy, positive vibes, just loves the game & loves life.
Brother for life @markusgolden
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 31, 2023
Markus Golden signed with the team for a one-year deal. He is expected to be the OLB3 behind T.J. and Alex Highsmith, and he has no issues with that role coming into this season. As someone who dreamed of becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler, Golden is excited to go out and get after it.