J.J. Watt urges fans to end the debate; proclaims T.J. Watt as the best defender

Watt has broken the Steelers all-time sack record,and his big brother thinks it's time to end the debate about who's the best.

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It's hard to continue to find more kind things to say about T.J. Watt. We could tell from his rookie season in 2017 that he was going to be good, but since his breakout All-Pro performance in 2019, he has been the glue that has held the Pittsburgh Steelers together. This was on full display once again in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns.

In this primetime divisional game on Monday Night Football, Watt showed up big -- recording 4 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 4 QB hits, and 1 pass defended, per Pro Football Reference. However, it was a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown in the second half of the game that ultimately helped seal the victory for Pittsburgh.

Just before the first half, Watt earned a sack against Deshaun Watson to stall Cleveland's momentum. With this play, he officially broke the all-time Pittsburgh Steelers sack record previously held by James Harrison. Following the Week 2 win over the Browns, Watt now has a grand total of 81.5 sacks to his name.

Another splashy performance from the Steelers star after a strong showing in the season-opener had J.J. Watt taking to Twitter with a message for football fans.

J.J. insists that his little brother is the best defensive player in the business and urges football fans to end the debate. Obviously, there's a strong case to be made for a player like Micah Parsons this year, but, biases aside, it's not hard to make a case for Watt either.

Though he may not be the best pure pass rusher in the business in terms of generating quick pressure, Watt has been making splash plays at a higher rate than any defender since coming into the league, and what we witnessed on Monday Night Football against the Browns was just another example of that.

Watt has plenty left in the tank for the Steelers

Looking at his career trajectory, it's hard to imagine that this is going to be a record that is broken anytime soon. Watt is still playing at a remarkable level, and he turns 29 years old in October. While it's possible that his best years could be behind him at this point, he's certainly looking like an All-Pro early in 2023.

Watt is currently tied for the league in sacks (4.0), forced fumbles (2), and defensive touchdowns (1) just two games into the season. He has also landed 9 quarterback hits to go with 10 pressures so far this year.

The competition is stiff with players like Parsons, Myles Garrett, Nick Bosa, and Maxx Crosby, but it's certainly looking like Watt could earn All-Pro honors once again in 2023 if he can avoid the injury bug.

Not everyone is going to agree with J.J. Watt's assessment of his little brother. And that's okay. Pittsburgh Steelers fans know how valuable T.J. is to this organization, and there's no reason to expect the play-making ability to end anytime soon.