Like it or not, you’re getting a whole lot more Watt family in your life starting this fall. You know J.J. Watt, the folksy, market-tested lumberjack down in Texas. You might know Derek Watt, who really ought to go by “D.J.,” a fullback for the Chargers. And now you’re going to get to know T.J. Watt, who’s just signed a four-year, $9.6 million deal to play linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
To hear J.J. tell it, this means T.J. is in line to start picking up some tabs. Once minicamps for the three teams wrap up, the Watt boys will head back to Wisconsin to work out (and presumably save orphans trapped in wells, or something). They’ll need to eat, and by J.J.’s thinking, it’s time for little brother to find his wallet.
“We’ll go back to our hometown and we’ll have dinner with our high school football coach and we’ll have dinner with our trainer and all these people that have watched us grow up since we were little, little kids and now they get to see us on the biggest stage,” J.J. said, per the Houston Chronicle. “I think it’s really special and it’s his turn to buy dinner, so I can’t wait for him to buy them all. That’s probably the best part of it all, to be honest with you.”
J.J. and T.J. play in a Christmas Day game that surely will not have any Watt-oriented hype whatsoever. Derek’s Chargers, alas, have no Watt-themed games on their schedule.
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