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T.J. Watt has 37 more quarterback hits than anyone since 2019


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A mind-blowing stat in regards to T.J. Watt emerged on Twitter on Thursday. According to NFL on CBS, Watt's 116 quarterback hits are the most in the league since 2019, and the next closest player is Matt Judon with 79 quarterback hits. So, that means Watt has 37 more quarterback hits than anyone since 2019. That's truly insane, and shows just how dominate of a stretch that Watt's been on.

Watt had an historic 2021 season, as he tied Michael Strahan's NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks. Along with leading the league in sacks, Watt also led the NFL in tackles for loss with 21. It was the second consecutive year that Watt led the league in sacks and tackles for loss.


Watt is one of only two players in NFL history to have 20 plus sacks in 14 or fewer games since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. The only other one to do it was Hall of Famer Reggie White, who had 21 sacks in 12 games in 1987 in a strike-shortened season. He also became the 12th player since sacks were counted as a statistic to have at least 20 sacks in a single season, which is something his brother J.J. did twice.


Watt's 72 career sacks in just five seasons rank fourth in Steelers history. It's very likely that Watt will breaks Harrison's franchise record of 80.5 sacks in 2022. Watt joined White and his brother J.J. as the only players since 1982 to have 70 plus sacks in their first five seasons in the NFL.


Watt was named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive season and was voted as the Steelers' MVP by his teammates for the third straight year. It was the third consecutive year that Watt's been named first-team All-Pro.


Watt is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, but the oddsmakers don't have him as a favorite to repeat. According to BetOnline, Myles Garrett is a slight favorite to win NFL DPOY over T.J. Watt and Aaron Donald.





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