LOOK: Steelers' T.J. Watt breaks James Harrison's franchise career sack record vs. Browns

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T.J. Watt more engraved his name in Steelers tradition throughout Pittsburgh’s Monday night match versus the Browns. The 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year broke James Harrison’s franchise profession sack record when he removed Deshaun Watson with simply over a minute left in the very first half. 

Watt now has 81.5 profession sacks, surpassing Harrison’s tally of 80.5 sacks throughout his embellished 14-year profession with the Steelers. Ironically, Harrison set the previous franchise mark versus the Browns in Week 11 of the 2016 season. 

Watt now discovers himself atop the following list of the Steelers’ all-time profession sack leaders. 

Steelers all-time profession sack leaders 

T.J. Watt (2017-present)


James Harrison (2002, 2004-12, 2014-17)


Cam Heyward (2011-present) 


L.C. Greenwood (1969-81)


Joe Greene (1969-81)  77.5
Jason Gildon (1994-03)  77

Watt (’21) and Harrison (2008) are flanked by Joe Greene (1972 and ’74), Mel Blount (1975), Jack Lambert (1976), Rod Woodson (1993) and Troy Polamalu (2010) as Steelers gamers who have actually won Defensive Player of the Year honors. Watt took house the honor after connecting Michael Strahan’s NFL single season record of 22.5 sacks. 

Watt’s sibling, JJ, an expert for the NFL Today on CBS used his viewpoint of how skilled his sibling seeks the record-breaking sack:

The 2017 first-round choice is off to an excellent start this season. In Week 1, Watt tallied 3 sacks, 2 required fumbles and a fumble healing while being among the only brilliant areas in the Steelers’ 30-7 loss to the 49ers. Watt connected Harrison’s record with his 3rd sack of 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, triggering Harrison to praise his previous colleague through social networks. 

While he is the brand-new Steelers main sack king, Watt’s main objective in the NFL is to do something his previous colleague did two times throughout his profession: raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy. But prior to he can do that, Watt wishes to assist the Steelers snap their seven-year dry spell without a playoff win. 

“I’ve played in three playoff games and haven’t won a single one, so that’s a big issue,” Watt informed CBS Sports throughout the offseason. “That’s most likely objective No. 1 is simply to enter into the playoffs and win a championship game and simply go from there.

“I’m not about the individual goals anymore. I’ve set myself up nice where I’ve been having a good career but it doesn’t matter if you’re not winning games when they matter most. I think that’s objective No. 1, for sure.”

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