San Diego Chargers rookie fullback Derek Watt is not shying away from competing against his brother in the NFL.
In an interview with Loose Cannons last week, D-Watt said he is eager to play against his older brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Derek said he expects his parents to be decked out in split jerseys, but perhaps rooting for him slightly more when the Chargers play the Houston Texans on Nov. 27.
"He's had his chance," Derek said. "I think they'll be rooting for me to make my mark."
J.J. has certainly made his mark on the NFL. Last season, he led the league in sacks (17.5). He also led the league in sacks in 2012, picking up 20.5. Watt is the only player in league history to have multiple 20-sack seasons, and he has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Like his older brother, Derek was no slouch in college. At Wisconsin, he blocked for Heisman Trophy finalist running back Melvin Gordon, who, coincidentally, will play with him on the Chargers. The younger Watt also proved himself a capable receiving option, totaling 309 receiving yards during his career with the Badgers.
The November matchup between the Watt brothers should be interesting. Derek acknowledges that he and J.J. have already jawed each other a bit about what might happen when the rookie fullback is assigned to block his older brother.
"We've had brief little talks about it lately," Derek told interviewers.
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