T.J. Watt’s impression of the Pittsburgh and the Steelers organization since being drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft have all been positive. The former Wisconsin Badger joined The Jim Rome Show Thursday on CBS Sports Radio and talked about his young life as a Steeler thus far.
“I think coming in I had some preconceived notions on Pittsburgh, and just growing up and watching, I always saw the badass defenses coming up through my early years in watching football. And once I got here, I just got a sense of why this team is so successful and why this city backs them,” Watt said. “You go out, you walk in the town and all of the three major sports team in town wear the same colors and everyone truly supports each and every sports team, and it’s unlike any other city and that’s why I’m so grateful to play here.”
Watt is also quickly getting versed on the traditional Steelers’ success at his position, linebacker.
“I’m still learning it. Definitely it’s an each and every day learning curve,” Watt said. “Right now, I’m just trying to learn as much as possible and try to become a really good defense, one of those badass type players.”
Speaking of badassess, Watt talked about chiseled 39-year-old James Harrison and what he’s learned from him thus far.
“I just see a lot of hard work,” Watt said of Harrison. “Obviously, he’s always posting his work on social media and everything, but it’s a different thing when you see it first hand and in person. The first time I saw was just kind of, I had to take a moment and just say holy cow, this guy is pushing some serious weight.
“But he’s been great, and he’s been great in helping me make the transition as far as on the field stuff, and just helped me out in little critiquing my game and things like that, but to be in the league for that long at such a high level is an amazing accomplishment and to be still doing it at his age is incredible.”