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Steelers Daily Links: T.J. Watt Still Upset by Injury, AB Hall of Fame Case?



Steelers OLB T.J. Watt
Steelers OLB T.j. Watt watches practice while wearing a wrap around his injured left pectoral muscle, Sept. 14, 2022. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J Watt revealed on Ben Roethlisberger’s Footbahlin podcast that he is still kicking himself over the play he suffered a torn pectoral against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.

“Obviously, the pec this past year was tough,” Watt said. “Just having a great offseason, feeling really good going into the season. I felt like I was playing really well in Cincinnati. But that’s just like one of those things. Even on the play I got hurt, the clock was running, they were out of timeouts. Fourth quarter. It was like 20 seconds left. I got a hand in the face penalty.

“But I had Joe Burrow locked up, and like my arm got stuck behind me. And that’s how I tore my pec. The amount of times I’ve replayed that play in my mind — like if I just kept my hands low, there’s no hands to the face, A. Then, B, if I just stay on my feet and wrap him up and take him down, like, game’s over, pec is fine. The amount of times that I’ve drove myself nuts thinking like that.”

🏈 Talk of Fame: Clark Judge examines if former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2027. Judge consulted with several Hall of Fame voters, and he said the results were mixed, with most saying they were “open” to his candidacy. But all nixed the first-ballot idea, including some who either leaned against his election or were steadfastly against it.

Brown’s off the field antics could prevent him from having a bust in Canton, but as Judge points out, his numbers are right up there with other wide receivers who have Gold Jackets.

“From 2013-18, Brown never had fewer than 101 catches, 1,284 yards or eight TDs in any season. His 83 touchdown receptions are tied with Calvin Johnson, a first-ballot choice. His per-game average of 84.2 receiving yards is fourth all-time, behind only Justin Jefferson (96.5), Julio Jones (87.9) and Johnson (86.1). And he’s the only NFL player with two of the top six seasons for receptions, with 136 in 2015 (fourth) and 129 in 2014 (sixth),” Judge wrote.

“Of the last seven modern-era wide receivers enshrined in Canton (Johnson, Isaac Bruce, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, Andre Reed and Cris Carter), only Owens was a first-team All-Pro more times than Brown (5-4) … only Johnson had more receiving yards in one season (1,964-1,834) … and only Harrison had more receptions in one year (143-136).”

🏈 Steelers Community Relations: On Tuesday, the Steelers’ rookies attended the Urban Impact Youth Football Clinic, where they taught football drills and encouraged the kids to be active and positive in their school, home, and community.

🏈 Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington posted in honor of his former teammate, Clark Haggans, who died on Tuesday.

🏈 Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation after allegedly hitting a man at a Miami-area marina on Sunday.

📅 On this date, June 21, 2005, legendary Steelers radio color broadcaster Myron Cope retired after 35 seasons with the team.

Myron Cope

Pittsburgh sportscaster Myron Cope shows a Terrible Towel, a Cope brainchild that has become a marketing success, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 27, 1979. The towel, which is supposed to give almost supernatural powers to the Steelers, will be in the hands of thousands of Steeler faithful when they face the Miami Dolphins. (AP Photo)

🎥 With OTAs and minicamp wrapped up, Kenny Pickett is back in New Jersey training with his personal quarterback coach Tony Racioppi.

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