With three first-team All-Pro nominations, five straight Pro Bowls, an AP Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021, and 77.5 career sacks in just six seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt is surely on his way to having a bust in Canton someday. There’s one thing missing on his resume, however, and that’s a Super Bowl ring. During his appearance on Ben Roethlisberger’s Footbhalin podcast, Watt picked Roethlisberger’s brain on what it’s like to win a Super Bowl and experience the parade.
Watt brought it up unprompted after the two discussed the Denver Nuggets first NBA title and how star center Nikola Jokic just wanted to get back to Serbia to watch his family-owned horses compete in harness races instead of going to the parade celebration.
“It’s unbelievable,” Roethlisberger responded. “Especially here in Pittsburgh, there’s people everywhere. People hanging out of buildings. It’s just one of the best feelings. To have the confetti come down on you. I’ve had it both ways, after winning (twice) and after a loss. It’s surreal, to be honest. It’s surreal in the beginning, like we just put in months of work for this season, and then you’re like, ‘it’s over?’ Like (Jokic says), you just want to breath and be done, like holy cow I’m exhausted. I think it really kicks in later that night when you’re with your guys in the hotel and you’ve had a chance to sink it in and you’re all hanging out and talking about the game. Like, man, ‘You remember this game?’ Week 3 and this happening. We wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for this. And oh you remember that catch you made in that game and that one? And you just start talking about it, and it’s just so much fun.”
Watt followed with asking Roethlisberger how long does the high last.
“For me, it did not stop for a while,” Roethlisberger said. “I think for a lot of guys because you’re going to do interviews. People just want to keep on talking about it. Even if you’ve moved on or done something else, someone would be like, ‘Hey, the Super Bowl. What was it like?’ Or just walking down the street and someone sees you and says it. It never truly goes away. I mean, I still have people say something about it.”
Watt responded by saying “that’s legendary stuff.” Roethlisberger hopes someday that Watt will be able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, as well.
“It’s one of the coolest thing ever, man. If there was ever a team, a defense. Y’all deserve it. It would be fun to watch,” Roethlisberger said.