And there it is. After tying James Harrison for the all-time Pittsburgh Steelers sack record with a three-sack performance in the season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers, T.J. Watt officially broke the record with a sack against the Cleveland Browns just before halftime.
Watt was relatively quiet for most of the first half against rookie offensive tackle, Dawand Jones. The Browns clearly devoted much of their attention to stopping Watt, as he was routinely chipped to aid Jones. However, it's hard to keep a great player down for long.
As the Browns were trying to make something happen on offense just before the end of the first half, T.J. Watt came up with a big sack to put a halt to their drive. This was the 81.5 sack of his NFL career -- the official all-time Steelers record.
As we are so used to seeing, Watt relentlessly pursued the quarterback in a backside chase to bring Deshaun Watson as he tried to escape to the left. This was a historic moment for Watt and the entire organization as Watt set an impressive franchise milestone.
T.J. Watt breaks Steelers all-time sack record
Watt is hardly done here. Since entering the league in 2017, no pass rusher has been productive -- even with Watt missing significant time over the past two seasons. Now Watt will look to expand on his record and make it one that won't be surpassed for many years.
Watt has a thoroughly impressive resume that already includes three First-Team All-Pro honors, 5 Pro Bowl appearances, and earning Defensive Player of the Year honors just two games into his seventh NFL season.
The hope is that the Pittsburgh Steelers won't waste the best player of this generation on a team that isn't ready to compete for a Super Bowl. T.J. Watt is an animal, and fans can take comfort in knowing that he is going to go down as one of the all-time greats.