With Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt sidelined for four to six weeks with a torn pectoral muscle, he’ll have some downtime, so Primanti Brothers made an official job offer to the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
The position includes responsibilities such as greeting guests, taking online orders and seating new customers.
“It’s “light duty” to avoid further pec strain,” Primanti Brothers said in a statement on Twitter. “This position in the Strip District will give the linebacker easy access to the regenerative power of fries & slaw. What do you say, TJ?”
Watt worked the grill at the Strip District location in 2017 after being drafted by the Steelers, so he does have prior experience.
“We’ve seen what he can do on the grill,” Primanti Brothers president Adam Golomb said. “So we feel comfortable making this offer without even interviewing or speaking to T.J. whatsoever.”
Watt caught wind of the offer and declared that he won’t allow blatant disrespect to the tradition of a Primanti’s sandwich.
“I would tackle anyone who orders fries & slaw on the side,” Watt said.
I would tackle anyone who orders fries & slaw on the side. https://t.co/ZbNvL060ai
— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) September 16, 2022
If Watt accepts the position, the restaurant says he will be compensated fairly for his efforts. Of course, however, it won’t come close to his average annual salary of $28,002,750 with the Steelers.
“We’re not sure we can match his team salary – but we’ll certainly get as close as we can,” Golomb said. “With that said, we expect to be very, very far away.”