T.J. Watt led the NFL with 19.0 sacks within the 2023 common season — however he would not have an award to indicate for it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was named a first-team All-Professional and Professional Bowler, however he completed in second place within the NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months voting.
It was introduced at Thursday’s NFL Honors that Cleveland Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett won the award for the primary time in his profession.
It is secure to say Watt is not thrilled about it.
The Steeler took to X, previously Twitter, to precise his frustrations which have apparently been round for some time.
“Nothing I’m not used to,” he posted.
Watt was named Defensive Participant of the 12 months in 2021 when he tied the all-time NFL file with 22.5 sacks in a single season. However this was additionally the third time within the final 4 seasons he is led the league in sacks. In 2020, Watt racked up 15.0 sacks and 23 tackles for loss, each NFL highs, however was second within the voting to Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald.
Watt’s older brother, three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, additionally chimed in, offering loads of stats that Watt completed forward of Garrett.
“Myles is an outstanding participant, I’m a giant fan and he’s had an unimaginable profession to date,” J.J. wrote on X. “I can acknowledge that whereas additionally questioning what extra TJ may have presumably accomplished.”
Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons completed in third place, however he is fairly alright with how the voting went down.
“Myles was the higher participant!! Actuality of the state of affairs ! Myles Confronted far more double groups and have an effect on on qbs! Followers please cease stats and take a look at movie please!!” he wrote on X.
The race was shut: Garrett completed with 165 factors by way of 23 first-place votes, whereas Watt had 19 first-place votes and 140 complete factors. Parsons obtained seven first-place votes.
Garrett racked up 14.0 sacks, whereas making his fifth Professional Bowl. He completed in fifth place within the DPOY voting final yr.