For just the third time in over 100 years, three brothers will play in the same NFL game.
For the Watt brothers, it will be a first. The trio will have a family reunion on the field when J.J. Watt and his two younger brothers, Derek and T.J., face each other in Week 3 when the Houston Texans travel to Heinz Field.
The Texans star defensive end waited nine years to play in the same game as one of his two NFL brothers, until last season's 27-20 win against Derek and the Los Angeles Chargers. Watt had been injured in previous meetings with the Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, unable to play against youngest brother T.J.
"I just want everybody to make it there healthy," T.J. said via Steelers.com. "I think over the years doing so many interviews on what it's going to be like to play the brothers over the years and, to be honest with you, we just have to get to that point and I just want more than anything for us to be healthy."
This offseason, Derek also signed with the Steelers so a game between Pittsburgh and Houston is all that would be needed for a full Watt family extravaganza.
"It definitely will be special," Derek said. "Ideally, we all get there healthy but if it does happen, that's the first time we all truly have been on the field at the same time, especially at this level obviously. We really, other than in the backyard and just workouts, we've never all been on the field at the same time in a true competition so that will be extremely special for the family."
In 2019, T.J. had a First-Team All-Pro season and was nominated for Defensive Player of the Year while Derek tied for a first in the NFL with 16 special teams tackles. J.J. recorded 4.0 sacks, four tackles for loss and an incredible 21 quarterback hits despite missing the final eight games for a season-ending pectoral injury. Watt returned for the postseason and had two tackles, 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and one pass defensed in the postseason.
Check out the time when all three Watt brothers played a round of "Know Your Bro" on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."