Two of the Watt brothers have already been in the Steelers facility, basically every day, but the other Watt brother, future Hall of Famer J.J. Watt, now has an open invitation to come down to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
In a Twitter back-and-forth on Friday, Tomlin posted just why he and the Steelers love brothers so much on the team. Watt decided to respond to that tweet, and not only asked to visit the Steelers facility, but gave plenty of praise to Tomlin, who has coached both T.J. and Derek for multiple seasons.
“Incredible coach & incredible man,” Watt said. “There’s a reason your players would run thru a brick wall for you. Been a pleasure hearing Derek & TJ share stories about you and your leadership. Hope to come visit sometime if you’ll have me.”
Tomlin rarely responds to tweets, but he did this one time, telling Watt that he is welcome to come to the facility any time he wants.
Would love to have you come to the facility. You are welcome anytime.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) May 5, 2023
There have been rumors for years about Watt coming to join his brothers in Pittsburgh, and while that won’t happen, he did declare that he would be a Steelers fan from now on since he is retired for good.
“I’m a huge Steelers fan,” Watt said on the Barstool Sports ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast in February. “I’m all in on the Steelers.”
Now, he will have an opportunity to come by and see his brother practice whenever he wants to do so. He retired from professional football after a 12-year career that saw him earn five first-team All-Pro selections. He spent the last two years in Arizona — showing glimpses of his talent while dealing with injuries — and was set to become an unrestricted free agent before calling it quits. Now, he will have the opportunity to root on his brothers from the sidelines.