In his first game since last year's back surgery, Watt played just one series before exiting the Panthers game. For that, J.J. can thank Kendrick Lamar - yes, the Grammy Award-winning rapper.
"I came out of a meeting and I actually had a text on my phone, and the first text I saw, it was the most insane thing in the world because I read the text, and it said, 'See your little bro out there balling". No, someone else was mighty impressed by what the Wisconsin Badgers product was doing on the field Friday night - that person being rapper Kendrick Lamar. J.J. Watt said after he saw the text, he googled his brother to see what he had done.
"I think just getting out there in general, having a play on (special) teams and then having the sack as I did, it calmed the nerves a little bit", Watt told reporters ( via ESPN ). Four defensive plays into the game, the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie had two sacks. I was like, wait a second, what did my little brother do? I'm very excited to watch him play.
Steelers first-round pick T.J.
"He's worked so hard, he's overcome a lot in his career and, I mean, two sacks in four plays made me question myself because I played four plays the other day. So [I'm] a little disappointed".
The 22-year-old linebacker is now penciled in as the backup to James Harrison at one of the outside linebacker spots, but coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he liked what he saw from the rookie Friday night. I hope all is well.' " Watt said. "And somebody will have bragging rights at the end of the year, and hopefully it will be me".