Steelers Steelers T.J. Watt still motivated to set the all-time sack record

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is determined to break the NFL’s all-time sack record on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Watt is one sack short of tying the NFL’s all-time sack record, which is held by former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. The Wisconsin product will enter Pittsburgh’s game in Baltimore with 21.5 sacks, a truly unbelievable mark when you consider he’s missed two games with injury.

While Watt has his eyes on that mark, and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award he’s never won, SteelersIf they lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts could be out of the playoffs.

“I only get one chance at this,” Watt said this week, via the Associated Press. “You only get to play for so long. It has consumed a lot of my life and I’m completely OK with that. The people around me truly push me and understand my obsession with this game and wanting to be the best.”

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Strahan broke this record in 2001 when he played for the Giants. It was one of the most memorable seasons ever in NFL history.

Jared Allen and Justin Houston have come within a half-sack of breaking Strahan’s record. Aaron Donald and Watt’s brother J.J. finished two sacks shy of the record in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

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Strahan holds the record for most sacks in an NFL season with 22.5. Watt starts Week 18 with 21.5

While normally we’d attribute Watt’s positioning to break this record as due to the extra game on the NFL schedule, he’s played in just 14 games this year, missing two due to injury. Watt’s been playing through — at the very least — a bruised rib cage.

Watt recorded four sacks against Baker Mayfield Sunday night against Cleveland Browns. He is in good shape to break the record. He was named Steelers’ team MVP for the third year in a row.