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Steelers rookie T.J. Watt experienced first NFL camp fight during minicamp

The rookie is cutting his teeth in the NFL, but don’t think he is about to back down from anyone despite his lack of experience at the pro level.

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There are some people who just don’t back down from anyone. People, who regardless of experience or size, will do whatever it takes to prove they belong.

You could very well put Pittsburgh Steelers rookie T.J. Watt into this group, especially after his first “camp fight” during mandatory minicamp when he squared off with second year tackle Jerald Hawkins.

Per Jacob Klinger of, this is what happened between the two players during minicamp.

“The two young players tangled momentarily, then resolved the conflict themselves, he said. No coaches were needed to separate them, Hawkins said.

They got over it with a handshake.”

This wasn’t a knock down, drag out fight, but certainly gave a glimpse into the intensity of the situation, even when they are just wearing shorts. However, it resolved quickly, per both players.

"We just shook hands like 'Yeah, my bad,' 'My bad,'" Hawkins said.

Said Watt: "Just playing football and competing at a high level, things like that are going to happen."

Everything surrounding T.J. Watt throughout the offseason workouts have been ridiculously positive. His preparation, learning the defense, and competitiveness have all been noteworthy from teammates and coaches. Now, it seems his fire and desire should be added to a growing list.