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Steelers LB T.J. Watt becomes the Steelers’ all-time sack leader

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T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers became the franchise's all-time sack leader on Monday night. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers became the franchise’s all-time sack leader on Monday night. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

J.J. Watt retired with 114.5 sacks, which should be good enough to get him an entry to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But will he end up as the all-time sack leader in his family?

T.J. Watt is coming for the title. The Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker reached a big milestone on Monday night with a sack of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson in the second quarter.

That was sack No. 81.5 of Watt’s career, which is the new all-time Steelers record. Even though sacks didn’t become an official stat until 1982 and many great Steelers defenders played before then, Pittsburgh has had a lot of great defenders since 1982 as well. And Watt has topped them all. Watt passed James Harrison for the record, two games into his seventh season with the team.

J.J. Watt was watching and, as expected, pumped up his brother’s accomplishments.

T.J. Watt is just 28 years old. It seems reasonable that he can get the 33 sacks he needs to catch his brother. T.J. has an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and a tie for the all-time single-season sack record with Michael Strahan.

If T.J. keeps up this pace for a few more years, he should pass his brother. And both seem likely to reunite in Canton.

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