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T.J. Watt Named Steelers Team MVP

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In one of the easier choices in years, the Steelers officially announced T.J. Watt as their 2019 team MVP.

Watt’s teammates voted for the linebacker because he’s remained one of the few constants in a very up and down regular season for Pittsburgh. His 14 sacks already surpass his single season best and put him only two shy of tying James Harrison’s franchise record. Watt is also the only Steelers player to ever record multiple 13+ sack seasons, which is certainly impressive based on the legendary players who have played for the Steelers. In addition to his sacks total, Watt also has 50 total tackles and two interceptions.

Many of Watt’s teammates believe the team MVP isn’t the highest honor Watt should receive this year. “He better get Defensive Player of the Year,” Cam Heyward told Steelers.com. “He is having a hell of a season. When we need a big play, he is always stepping up. He is giving us a shot. With all of his stats combined, nobody is putting together a season like he is doing.

“He’s had a great year,” added Mark Barron when asked by Steelers.com. “It’s obvious to the people around here who have been paying attention to what is going on with Pittsburgh football. He has been dominating each and every week. He has been going out and being a catalyst for this team, making plays, taking the ball away. He’s had an incredible year.”

Watt’s teammates aren’t the only NFL players to recognize just how great of a season 2019 has been for the third-year linebacker out of Wisconsin. T.J.’s brother J.J. has made it clear he feels his younger brother should be named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, an award J.J. has won three times.

Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti manages both Steelers Now and Pittsburgh Sports Live, as well as, contributing to WVSportsNow and West Virginia's Metro News.

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