T.J. Watt doesn't care that he just tied the all-time Steelers sack record

Don't ask Watt about his personal accomplishments when the team is performing poorly. He doesn't care.
Steelers, T.J. Watt
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There was probably only one player on the Pittsburgh Steelers who you can argue had a terrific performance in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. Even if you didn't catch the game, you can probably guess who that was. While the rest of the team was caught napping, T.J. Watt showed his relentless pursuit against the 49ers.

Watt made several impact plays including stripping the ball away twice. He finished the Week 1 contest with 5 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 pass deflection, per ESPN stats. Even with how poorly the team performed as a whole, the former Defensive Player of the Year is looking like an incredibly strong candidate to be the DPOY again in 2023.

However, don't ask Watt about his on-field accomplishments when his team performs poorly. Following the embarrassing loss to the 49ers in Week 1, Watt brushed off any positive takes regarding his own personal accomplishments.

Quietly, Watt hit a massive milestone in the season-opener. After he recorded his third sack late in the game, the three-time All-Pro defender officially tied James Harrison for the all-time leading sack artist in Pittsburgh Steelers history.

This is quite an accomplishment. But Watt isn't focused on this, and he knows this team has much bigger fish to fry. When a reporter asked about tying the all-time Steelers sack record, Watt practically scoffed at the question. Here's what he had to say during his post-game press conference:

"I don't want to diminish what it is, but I'm just super upset about the results of today. Not happy with it; not acceptable on many levels. There are so many more plays to be made out there, I mean, myself included. Just looking at a lot of the runs, what we can do better, what I can do better. And we need to regroup quickly. We have a tough opponent coming up this week, so we need to get in the lab."

T.J. Watt via post-game press conference

This is exactly the type of response we have come to expect from a professional like T.J. Watt -- especially considering the circumstances. Watt makes it clear that his own statistical accomplishments and Hall of Fame pace do not come over the team. This is the mentality Steelers fans should be glad that he has.

To be fair, Watt did everything in his power to help the team in Week 1, but the Steelers were simply outmatched just about everywhere. Whether he wants to think about it right now or not, tying the all-time Steelers sack record is quite the accomplishment.

Perhaps Watt can get more enjoyment by breaking the record (maybe even as early as next week on Monday Night Football against the Browns). Of course, breaking the record would have to be accompanied by a Steelers win. Otherwise, you can bet he's going to give the Steelers media a similar response in his post-game press conference. Watt cares about winning, and we love that about him.