The Watt brothers, J.J., Derek, and T.J., are renowned National Football League (NFL) figures. Born to John and Carrie Watt in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, they all started their football careers in high school and later played for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
J.J. Watt, the eldest, was born on March 22, 1989. The Houston Texans drafted him as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. After a decade with the Texans, he signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2021. However, he announced his retirement from the league in December 2022.
Derek Watt, the middle brother, was born on November 7, 1992. The San Diego Chargers drafted him (now Los Angeles Chargers) in the sixth round as the 198th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. After four years with the Chargers, Derek signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020.
T.J. Watt, the youngest, was born on October 11, 1994. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft as the 30th overall pick. In 2021, he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and signed a four-year contract extension with the Steelers, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. All three brothers have made significant contributions to the NFL, earning multiple accolades and major contracts during their time in the league.
They made history in 2020 when the Houston Texans, J.J.'s team, went up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have Derek and T.J. on the roster. This was only the second time since 1927 that three brothers played in the same NFL game.