Former Pitt participant Aaron Donald ousts TJ Watt as Defensive Participant of the 12 months – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been a bit of a disappointing night for Steelers Nation and the Watt brothers.
While Alan Faneca and Bill Nunn were voted into the NFL’s newest Hall of Fame class, TJ Watt did not receive the AP Defensive Player of the Year title.
Aaron Donald, a defensive player for the Los Angeles Rams and a native of Pittsburgh, won the award. Donald played at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Rams in 2014.
JJ Watt took to Twitter to express his disappointment that his brother TJ had passed away for the honor.
“Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player,” JJ wrote on Twitter. “I love to see him play and he’s going into the Hall of Fame without question. This has nothing to do with AD personally. I say what my brother doesn’t want. TJ played 1 game less and STILL led the NFL in all major categories. ”
Aaron Donald is an absolutely incredible player. I love to see him play and he goes into the Hall of Fame without question. This has nothing to do with AD personally.
I say what my brother doesn’t want.
TJ played 1 game less and STILL led the NFL in all major categories. pic.twitter.com/m1vzrD88WU
– JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 7, 2021
He included a graph in his tweet about the number of tackles, sacks, tackles against loss, pressure, quarterback hits, forced fiddling, pass save, and interception that each player scored, with JJ Watt leading in every category except forced fumble.
Steeler’s full-back Derek Watt, the brother of JJ Watt and TJ Watt, retweeted JJ’s comment on Twitter.
TJ Watt tweeted a meme that also seemed to express his disappointment.
– TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) February 7, 2021
Teammate Steelers and tight end Eric Ebron also commented on this choice.
I feel for TJ Watt’s mane. He deserves this award. AD my brother and a BEAST, but TJ deserved it.
– Eric Ebron (@ Ebron85) February 7, 2021