Bad Blood? Taylor Lewan Wants to Bury Hatchet With Steelers T.J. Watt
Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan has recently seemed to be positioning himself to find a professional home with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Trying to mend a fence with T.J. Watt is the most recent step in doing so.
Also a host of Barstool Sports’ ‘Bussin’ with the Boys’ podcast, Lewan invited Watt to have a conversation on the show, feeling that reaching out would be “an olive branch” after past transgressions.
During a 2017 Thursday night game Watt’s rookie go-round in which the Steelers were soundly beating Tennessee, Lewan spit in Watt’s face — a universal no-no when it comes to disrespect. It’s safe to say that the Steelers’ All-Pro linebacker hasn’t forgotten, as evidenced by his refusal to appear on Lewan’s podcast.
“He just denied us — for the third time in a row,” Taylor Lewan said. “I don’t know, if they want us to be teammates, it kind of just feels like that’s bad teammate vibes, right? We’ve had our past. Yeah, I spit in his face. I hit him in the nuts one time. Like, that is, listen, hand up. That’s on me … Let’s just turn a page and move on.”
Steelers fans want me to come to Pittsburgh but @_TJWatt just denied coming on our podcast for the 3rd time.
I know we’ve a couple negative encounters TJ, but let’s turn the page brother. This is bigger than the both of us. pic.twitter.com/lD2WAxwO9j
— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) February 1, 2023
In a reply to Lewan’s tweet, ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ co-host Will Compton said, “I understand the spit in the face part. We can always do the interview just me and you. I can also have Taylor write a full apology letter on top of that + a donation from him to your charity. Just thinking out loud, man. All the best, Will.”
Lewan responded to that by saying, “I would agree to these terms, I would love to be apart of this pod but it’s not always about me.”
Earlier in the video, Lewan praised Pittsburgh itself and the Steelers’ gameday atmosphere after previously commending the team’s uniforms and head coach, Mike Tomlin.
“It’s a phenomenal city, the three (rivers) meeting together, they play that dope-ass song on fourth down,” Lewan said.
He’s also said multiple times that he expects to be cut by the Titans this off-season. Undoubtedly, Watt is one of the Steelers’ leaders and his input on any theoretical decision to add the nine-year veteran will be heard.