The Pittsburgh Steelers were likely pleased with what they got from first-round pick T.J. Watt last year.Watt was the only NFL linebacker with at least 50 tackles, five sacks, five passes defended and an interception last season. He led all rookie linebackers with seven sacks.T.J. Watt entered the offseason wanting to take his game to the next level. In order to do it, he took on an offseason training regime with a calorie count that seems out of this world. "It's a new season.
It's a clean slate. I've got everything to prove," Watt said. "I'll go out there and try to provide as much splash."
Watt’s trainer told ESPN that Watt eats 8,000 calories a day and drinks two gallons of water a day to get him through the grueling workouts he’s been doing back home in Wisconsin, and his only focus in the offseason has been getting better.
“I’ve got a boring lifestyle. I’m not about any of that [other] stuff,” Watt said. “I work out, I go home, I grill burgers and hang out by myself or hang out with a few of the guys on the team. I’m not here for anything else but football.”
Watt will have a new role on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense this season as he switches sides with Bud Dupree, who will take over on the blind side. But Watt has diligently been honing his body to fit his new role on the left, so he should be well-prepared for whatever challenges that potentially tricky transition may bring.
Now as he enters his second season, T.J. will hope to try and become like his brother. If T.J. can have even close to the impact on the Steelers as J.J. Watt does for the Houston Texans, he could quickly become one of the best linebackers in the NFL.