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Allison Koehler

Steelers EDGE T.J. Watt reveals his ‘lane’ for post-NFL gig

As Pittsburgh Steelers fans, we don’t even want to ponder life without star defender T.J. Watt. But the day will inevitably come that Watt will call it a career.

Older brother J.J. Watt, a 2028 Hall of Fame inductee, played for a dozen illustrious seasons. So we know T.J. will try to go one more. That would put him at 2029 retirement, the year after the eldest Watt brother is enshrined and five years before his own.

Unlike J.J., we won’t find T.J.’s mug on TV after his playing days are over. No chance.

Watt wants to coach. Not in the NFL, not even at the college level. He prefers a less stressful avenue.

“[J.J.] is good at everything – public speaking in front of a camera…It’s not for me,” Watt shared on the Nov. 13 episode of the Green Light podcast with Chris Long.

“I don’t love doing a whole bunch of interviews and things…When I’m done, I’ve always said I’d love for Derek – my middle brother – to be like a head football coach, and I can just be like a D-line coach for high school or something. I think that’d be my lane…But I don’t wanna be the head guy.”

Perhaps you’ll find him coaching on the sidelines at North Allegheny alongside Derek one day. For now, though, let’s enjoy watching as he harasses quarterbacks.

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