Pittsburgh Steelers' star outside linebacker, T.J. Watt, has once again etched his name in the annals of NFL history, securing an unprecedented third AFC Defensive Player of the Year Award from the prestigious 'Committee of 101.'
In what can only be described as a remarkable achievement, Watt's outstanding contributions to the game have earned him this coveted accolade for the third time in the last four years, firmly establishing his dominance in the world of professional football.
Dominance in 2023
Watt's exceptional performance during the 2023 NFL season was nothing short of awe-inspiring. The linebacker led the league in sacks with a staggering 19, marking the second-highest sack count of his illustrious career.
Beyond his impressive sack total, he also recorded a remarkable 68 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 36 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, eight passes defended, an interception, and even found the end zone with a touchdown.
This latest triumph places T.J. Watt in the esteemed company of NFL legends, as he becomes only the eighth player in NFL history to secure the AFC Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his career. The exclusive club includes iconic figures like Alan Paige, Reggie White, Ray Lewis, Bruce Smith, Aaron Donald, and J.J.
Watt. T.J. Watt previously clinched this prestigious honor in 2020 and 2021, solidifying his status as a defensive powerhouse. Furthermore, Watt's remarkable achievement adds another layer to the rich history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, making him the ninth member of the franchise to claim this coveted award.
He joins an illustrious list that includes legendary Steelers such as Joe Greene, Mel Blount, Jack Lambert, Rod Woodson, Greg Lloyd, Carnell Lake, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu. The selection process for this distinguished award involves a national selection committee comprised of 101 esteemed members of the national media, all of whom provide comprehensive coverage of the NFL.
Watt's AFC Defensive Player of the Year honor perfectly complements his First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections, reaffirming his status as one of the game's elite players. To cap off an extraordinary season, Watt's contributions were further acknowledged as he was voted the Steelers' Most Valuable Player by his teammates, a testament to his leadership and impact on and off the field. T.J. Watt's journey to greatness continues, leaving an indelible mark on the NFL landscape.