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Steelers’ T.J. Watt admits to using cell phone during halftime of Ravens game to check sack total

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T.J. Watt’s pursuit of the NFL’s single-season sack record could bring him punishment from the league. The All-Pro edge rusher told The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday he used his cell phone to check his sack total during halftime of the Steelers‘ regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.  

NFL players are not allowed to use cell phones during games, and Watt said he “never” does, but the Ravens game was an exception because he was a sack away from passing Michael Strahan’s single-season record of 22.5. 

Watt’s coaches told him he recorded sack No. 23.5 after tapping a grounded Tyler Huntley in the first half, but Watt learned through a group chat with his brothers – including three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt – the play was reversed to a tackle. The Wisconsin product finished the Jan. 9 game with one sack to tie Strahan’s record. 

While Watt didn’t get the personal record he was vying for, he led the Steelers to a 16-13 overtime win over Baltimore to reach the playoffs in what’s likely quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s last NFL season. The Steelers were defeated handily by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-21 in last week’s Wild Card matchup. 

Watt, a 27-year-old and four-time Pro Bowler, will likely have more chances to pass Stranahan’s single-season sack record thanks to the NFL expanding its regular season to 17 games. 

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MD Abdullah
Abdullah is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. She is the author of four books, including End Financial Stress Now and The Five Years Before You Retire.


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