Watt brothers set to become second trio of siblings in same game in modern NFL history


The Watt brothers will have NFL fans seeing triple on Sunday.

All of JJ, TJ and Derek Watt were set to suit up for the Week 3 contest between the Steelers and Texans in Pittsburgh, marking just the second time in NFL history that a trio of siblings were active in the same game.

Amazingly, this seasons marks the second consecutive year three brothers have played together, and perhaps even more amazing, both times have involved the Steelers.

Last season, the Edmunds brothers became the first siblings active in the same game when the Buffalo Bills played the Steelers in Week 14.

The brothers swapped jerseys and posed for some sweet family photos after the game.

The three-sibling oddity was the first in modern NFL history, the Bills said at the time, having also occurred back in 1927.

The Watt brothers said they were grateful for the opportunity, and thanked their parents for instilling a strong work ethic, reports said.

“We're very fortunate when it comes to genes and talent,” said Texans star J.J. Watt, according to the Houston Chronicle. “That only takes you so far. It comes down to how hard you want to work.

“Our parents made us (work). They worked extremely hard for what they got in life and taught us if we wanted to accomplish our dreams and goals, we also had to work extremely hard and make sacrifices. At the time, we hated it, but now we understand and appreciate it.”

While Houston's T.J. Watt may be the most recognizable of the brothers owing to his early-career brilliance and longtime presence in the NFL, middle brother T.J. is quickly emerging as a beast in his own right for the Steelers. The stud linebacker had 27.5 sacks combined in 2018 and 19, and was off to a fast start again in 2020, including Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 2.

Derek Watt is a reserve fullback, now in his first season in Pittsburgh after spending the first four years of his career with the Chargers. Limited mostly to special teams action so far this season, Watt was credited with a safety in his team's Week 2 win over the Broncos when he tackled Denver punter Colby Waldman in his own end zone following a botched snap.

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