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T.J. Watt voted Steelers MVP for fourth time

Watt is tied for the most MVP selections in team history.

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after making a sack in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers voted outside linebacker T.J. Watt as team MVP for the 2023 season today. It’ll be Watt’s fourth Steelers MVP honor since 2019, tying him with Antonio Brown for the most selections in team history.

Watt is having another excellent year, currently tied for the NFL-lead in sacks with 17.0 on the season. He’s also the Steelers all-time sack record holder with 94.5 over his career up to this point.

Since being drafted in 2017, Watt has been named to the Pro Bowl five times, received three All-Pro nods, and been named the Defensive Player of the Year once in 2021. He’s hoping to achieve that honor again this year, with the third-best odds in the league behind Myles Garrett and Micah Parsons per DraftKings Sportsbook.

Watt’s value to the Steelers has been obvious over the past few seasons. In 2022, Watt missed seven games with a pectoral injury, and the Pittsburgh defense suffered greatly. Without Watt, the Steelers went 1-6, allowing 25.3 points and 389.9 yards per game. But with the star defender back in their lineup, Pittsburgh went 8-2, allowing 16.9 points and 100 yards less per game per Steelers.com.

So far this season, Watt has recorded 60 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 17.0 sacks, 33 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception, and eight passes defensed.