Steelers news: Pittsburgh rookie T.J. Watt makes historic NFL debut in Week 1
While the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t exactly look like the 8.5-point spread favorites in Sunday’s too-close-for-comfort 21-18 road win over the Cleveland Browns, that shouldn’t diminish in any form the fantastic NFL debut of Pittsburgh’s rookie linebacker, T.J. Watt, the 30th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Against the Browns, Watt, younger brother of Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, recorded two sacks and an interception. That’s a kind of performance that is rarely seen out of a rookie. In fact, T.J. was just the third player in NFL history to produce at least a pair of sacks and an interception in his first-ever NFL game. Per Brian Linder of Pennlive.com, the last time that happened was 20 years ago.
Watt became just the third player in NFL history to record two sacks and an interception in his debut. The others were Charles Glaze and Tommy Haynes, replacement players, in 1987.
By comparison, the elder J.J. only had a single tackle in his otherwise forgettable pro debut in 2011.
Thanks in large part to T.J.’s disruptive play on Sunday, the Steelers were able to limit the Browns to just 237 total yards as against Pittsburgh’s 290.
With his feet finally wet, T.J. is looking forward to building on his auspicious debut and wreak as much havoc to Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.