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T.J. Watt named the Steelers team MVP for 2019

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The defensive player of the year candidate has been selected by his teammates as their most valuable player

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Outside linebacker T.J. Watt has been named the Steelers most valuable player for the 2019 season.

The team MVP award is voted on by Steelers players. Watt is only the third player still currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers who has won the award along with JuJu Smith-Schuster who was selected in 2018 and Ben Roethlisberger in 2009.

The following is a list of T.J. Watt‘s accomplishments in 2019 according to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com.

What Watt has accomplished:

- Watt ranks in the top-five in the NFL in sacks (14.0, 4th), quarterback hits (33, 1st), forced fumbles (7, 2nd) and fumble recoveries (4, t-2nd). Watt also ranks tied for eighth in tackles for loss (14).

- Watt could become the first player in the NFL to rank in the top-five in the NFL in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hits, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries in a season since his brother, Houston TexansJ.J. Watt, did it in 2014.

- Watt’s 13 combined interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries are the most by an NFL player since Chicago BearsCharles Tillman in 2012 (15).

- Watt’s 13 combined interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries are tied for the sixth most by an NFL player since 2000.

- Watt’s 6 total takeaways (interceptions and fumble recoveries) rank tied for third in the NFL.

- Watt is the only NFL player since 1990 to register at least 2 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries and 7 forced fumbles in a single season.

- Watt ranks first or second on the Steelers in sacks (14.0, 1st), tackles for loss (14, 2nd), quarterback hits (33, 1st), forced fumbles (7, 1st) and fumble recoveries (4, t-1st).

- Watt has recorded at least 1.5 sacks in 8 career games, including 4 such games in 2019.

- Watt’s 33 quarterback hits lead the NFL.

- Watt’s 7 forced fumbles rank second in the NFL.

- Watt’s 14.0 sacks rank fourth in the NFL.

- Watt’s 14.0 sacks in 2019 rank tied for third in single-season franchise history. His 13.0 sacks in 2018 are tied for the eighth-most in a season by a Steelers’ defender since the statistic became official in 1982.

- Watt is the only player in franchise history with 13.0 sacks or more in multiple seasons.

- Watt’s 4 fumble recoveries rank tied for second in the NFL.

- Watt’s 14 tackles for loss rank tied for eighth in the NFL.

- Watt’s 13 combined interceptions (2), forced fumbles (7) and fumble recoveries (4) lead the NFL.

- Watt was the first Steelers player with at least a half sack in 9 consecutive games since LaMarr Woodley had a streak of 10 such games (franchise record) that spanned the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

- Watt was the first Steelers player with back-to-back seasons of at least 10 sacks since James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley (2008-10).

The following is a list of the Steelers team MVPs dating back to 1969 as reported by the Steelers PR Department.

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