TJ Watt’s pursuit of the NFL’s single-season sack record could earn him league punishment. The All-Pro edge rusher told The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday that he used his cell phone to check his sack totals during halftime in the Steelers’ regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.
NFL players aren’t allowed to use cellphones during games, and Watt said he “never” does, but the Ravens game was an exception as it was one sack away from breaking the record. of a Michael Strahan season of 22.5.
Watt’s coaches told him he saved the No. 23.5 sack after hitting a grounded Tyler Huntley in the first half, but Watt learned through a group chat with his brothers – whose three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt – play was reversed for a tackle. The Wisconsin product finished the Jan. 9 game with a sack to tie Strahan’s record.
Although Watt didn’t get the personal best he was aiming for, he led the Steelers to a 16-13 overtime win over Baltimore to reach the playoffs in what is likely the quarterback’s final NFL season. -back Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers were easily defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-21 in last week’s Wild Card game.
Watt, a 27-year-old and four-time Pro Bowler, will likely have a better chance of surpassing Stranahan’s single-season sack record thanks to the NFL extending its regular season to 17 games.