Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to be TJ Watt’s biggest cheerleader. Following their big win against the Ravens, Roethlisberger told the media that the outside linebacker is a “game changer.”
“It doesn’t happen on defense that often. To be a game changer on defense is something completely special,” Big Ben said.
He noted former Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu as another player who he considered a game changer on defense. The longtime Steelers quarterback also said that Watt deserves the title of Defensive Player of the Year and MVP votes for his performance this season.
In Pittsburgh’s win against the Ravens on Sunday, Watt increased his record of sacks to 13.5 on the season. This pushed him to four straight seasons with 13.0 sacks or more. Only one player, star pass rusher Reggie White, has done this since 1982.
Roethlisberger took a pay cut of $5 million in order to allow the Steelers to invest in other players. Back in September, Big Ben noted that Watt was one of the guys he thought about when making the decision.
“I think TJ should get whatever the heck he wants. He’s arguably the best football player in the game right now, not just on defense just in general…One of the reasons I took less money was for guys like him to get paid.”
It definitely looks like Roethlisberger is happy with his decision, because Watt continues to perform for the Steelers. He has 47 tackles on the season: 35 solo, 12 assisted, and 16 for loss.
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— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 7, 2021