First time fun: For T.J. Watt being a first time Pro Bowl selection has been nothing but good.
“It’s fun. It’s a blast,” said Watt. “It’s great to see all of your peers, people you watch a lot of film on throughout the year. Get to talk and bounce ideas off. Try different moves and stuff. It’s nice to have Cam (Heyward) here, one of my better friends on the team. It’s been a blast so far.”
It’s also been enjoyable being there with two other members of his 2017 NFL Draft class – James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
“It’s really cool,” said Watt. “I don’t think it’s anything we talked about as our goals. We all have individual goals and team goals. It’s just really cool when you look back at some pictures. I think Teresa put out some pictures yesterday of the three of us and we have come a long way in such as short amount of time. None of us are satisfied. I think we want to keep going. We’d like all three of us be here and like Cam said get more Steelers here. Hopefully we don’t have to play in this game here down the stretch. It’s been an awesome atmosphere to have those two guys with us here.”
The full interview with Watt and Heyward from the Pro Bowl can be seen below.
Lots of love for T.J.: Heyward and Watt aren’t just friends, as Watt mentioned above, but Heyward is his big brother teammate in some way, showing him the ropes and so forth. And as that big brother, Heyward gave Watt some love, even at the expense of his real older brother, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
“I hate to do this to J.J., but I think T.J. can be better one day,” said Heyward. “I am not saying next year. I am not saying the year after, but T.J.’s got all of the tools. The kid works at his craft. I know he has never shied away from work. J.J. won’t either, so it’s going to be a battle there for years to come. T.J. works at every part of his game.
“It’s a rivalry you see there. They compete against each other. But they are always happy for each other.”
Check out photos of the Steelers at the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida