Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end T.J. Watt is confident he will live up to the expectation after signing a record-breaking deal with the Steelers. After months of negotiating, Watt and the Steelers agreed on a four-year extension, worth $112 million.
After signing the extension, Watt became the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Watt insists the money won't change him and and adds that he will keep working hard and striving to get better every day. "Man, I've been dealing with pressure my whole life," Watt said about trying to live up to the pressures of the record-setting deal, as quoted on ESPN.
".. I'm built for this. And I truly believe that nothing monetary will change me as a person. The work that I put in will not change. It will only grow. ".. It's my job to prove all these people that have put this amount of money to me and stood on the table to say they want me here, to prove them right.
I know I can do it. I know exactly what it takes. I've been doing it my whole life. It's just about continuing to do it and staying hungry. And I guarantee everybody here right now and everybody in this building, I am still hungry."
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin happy for Watt
After Watt and the Steelers agreed on a massive extension, coach Tomlin admitted there was a sense of relief around the building. "There's a sense of relief to be quite honest with you," Tomlin said.
"We can get focused on this. Not that we haven't been, but in circumstances like this, I field a lot of questions regarding it, and I like to focus my energies on the Buffalo Bills. He's deserving. We're glad to have him.
It's good for all parties involved." Watt thanked his teammates who supported him during the negotiations process. "When you go through something like this, and you're trying to stand up for what you believe in and you're doing it by yourself, having reassurance from the people that you care about their opinion the most means a lot.
"And there are definitely some moments through this whole process where you do feel like you're almost by yourself. And that's why it's so important that those guys said those nice things." Watt threatened to skip Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills but that won't be happening after the two sides reached an agreement on an extension. "I'm glad we didn't get to that point," Watt said.