T.J. Watt Says Blocked FG Was First Of His Life

Special teams hasn’t often been kind to the Pittsburgh Steelers this year. You can bet Danny Smith has gone through several hundred packs of gum. But last night provided splash in a positive way. T.J. Watt blocked a Ryan Succop 48 yard attempt early in the second quarter.

After the game, Watt couldn’t help but laugh at the moment.

“I just tried to stay as low as possible and get through a gap and toss my hand up,” he told reporters via the team site. 

That’s exactly what happened. Watt basically ran over offensive tackle Dennis Kelly, getting penetration and getting a good piece of the kick, which fluttered another ten yards behind before hitting the ground.

Maybe he took some inspiration from his big brother, too.

“I’ve seen JJ block so many dang field goals. That was my first blocked field goal ever in my life.”

Despite being a highly acclaimed first round rokie who captured the starting role from Day One, he’s been a factor on special teams too. The Steelers play basically their entire starting 11 on the field goal block team and Watt is a starter on punt coverage, serving as the team’s left tackle and taking Vince Williams’ old spot. Big shoes to fill but he’s done a fine job while adding that splash play last night.

“It hurt a little bit. Hard kick but it was pretty cool.”

Watt, as you’d expect was fired up after the block. So was Danny Smith.

It’s the Steelers first block since October of last season when Daniel McCullers got his hands on one. Watt’s the first Steelers’ linebacker to block a field goal since James Farrior in 2002.

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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Tj watt defensive rookie of the yr book it

  • Todd Borax

    Would love to see that but he needs to step it up on defense. He’s been pretty quiet the last couple of games…

  • Brenton deed

    HE got close to a couple of sacks too. Still you’ve got to get there!

  • Matt Manzo

    Makin plays!!!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Curious: Why didn’t we try to run it back? I was very confused.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    We he blocked it, I yelled out, “Suck it, Succop!” I still don’t like that dude ever since Kansas City.

  • treeher

    Why’d you have to remind me of that?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I will never EVER (Chris Jericho voice) forget.

  • will

    Great effort T.J.!!!
    Loved the Danny GIF Alex. Did Haley yell “Shut the F*** up” to Danny during this moment???