3 reasons Steelers fans shouldn’t be too upset with T.J. Watt’s DPOY snub

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Aaron Donald was still deserving

Whether you want to admit it or not, Aaron Donald was still deserving of this award in 2020. This doesn’t mean that Watt was not, but I have a lot fewer complaints than I did last year. When Gilmore won the award last year, I thought both Watt and Donald were snubbed, and I really believed that Watt would get it this time around.

But if we’re being completely honest, Donald is deserving of this award just about every single year. Though he may not have the same raw statistical production as Watt, it doesn’t take a football expert to see how utterly dominant and disruptive he is on every single play.

Donald was a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame years ago, and there’s a very good chance he is considered the greatest defensive player of all-time when it’s all said and done. It’s unfortunate that T.J. Watt’s career has to line up with the prime of possibly the best defensive lineman to ever play.

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At the end of the day, we know that Watt’s Defensive Player of the Year snub is not the end of the world. While it’s hard to argue that Watt didn’t deserve this, he will back better and hungrier than ever in 2021.