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In 15 games last year, Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt led the league in sacks (15), tackles for a loss (23) and quarterback hits (41). It still wasn't good enough for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, however, as the Associated Press selected Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald as DPOY over him.
Watt isn't concerned about what happened last year, or the accolades, and is just focusing on the 2021 season.
"I just want to continue to practice and get better each and every day," Watt said yesterday after the Steelers' first training camp practice. "There's so much meat left on the bone and knowing there's a lot of reps and a lot of situations that I wish I could've got back and performed better. Just trying to put the work in day in and day out and hope it pays off."
While it would be nice to add DPOY the year to Watt's resume, he knows that winning a Super Bowl trumps everything.
"Winning the Super Bowl is all that really matters in the grand scheme of things," Watt said. "I love football and I still love it. I am trying to get better each and every day. There are so many aspects of my game that need work and to have guys like Melvin (Ingram III) and new guys that come in and I can continue to learn from them and improve my game so that's what I'm most excited about this season."