Linebacker T.J. Watt has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for his role in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 3-0 start to the 2020 season.
Watt, who was also named the player of the week after the Steelers’ Week 2 win over the Denver Broncos, finished the month of September with nine tackles, five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, an interception and two passes defended.
Last season, Watt was named player of the month in November and went on to finish the season with a career-high 14.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and 44 total tackles. He finished third in NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting, behind New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones.
The last Pittsburgh Steelers player to win that award was Troy Polamalu in 2010. Pittsburgh has won the award seven times, more than any other franchise.