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J.J. Watt Jokes with Antonio Brown About Hazing Rookie Brother T.J.

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01:  J.J. Watt celebrates Mizzen+Main at Nordstrom Houston Galleria on February 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mizzen+Main)
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Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt told Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to lead the hazing of his brother, linebacker T.J. Watt, after the Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft on Thursday night.

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN relayed the message the elder Watt gave to Brown during a discussion between the NFL superstars and former college teammates.

"Look over my brother, make sure to haze him a little extra for me," he said.

Watt also provided Pittsburgh media with a scouting report of his younger brother, whom Pittsburgh took with the 30th pick after a breakout junior campaign at Wisconsin, per ESPN.

"He has such good instincts, such a good nose for the ball—he's a natural playmaker," the Texans defender said. "He's always been a natural athlete. He's always been a little bit more smooth [an athlete] than I was. He can make some moves and has natural abilities that didn't necessarily come as easily as it comes to me. But I don't want to say natural because I've seen the work. He plays the game with so much joy, and it's fun to watch."

T.J. Watt finished the 2016 campaign with 63 total tackles, including 15.5 for loss, 11.5 sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and an interception. It's that type of well-rounded playmaking ability that's made his brother one of the league's top defensive players.

He'll be expected to bolster a Steelers defense that finished 12th in yards allowed last season. The offense, led by Brown, running back Le'Veon Bell and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, ranked seventh, and the team went 11-5 to win the AFC North.

Brown and J.J. Watt spent one season together at Central Michigan in 2007. The wideout stayed three years before making the jump to the NFL, while the defensive end left after one year and landed with the Badgers.

Looking ahead, the Steelers and Texans are scheduled to face off Christmas Day in Houston as part of what could be a crucial Week 16 for both playoff contenders.

 

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