Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger makes case for T.J. Watt to become third defensive player to win NFL MVP award

If it was up to Ben Roethlisberger, teammate T.J. Watt would soon join Alan Page and Lawrence Taylor as the only defensive players to win league MVP. 

Watt, who despite missing two games is the league leader with 16 sacks and 16 tackles for loss, is the clear frontrunner to win Defensive Player of the Year. Roethlisberger, however, feels that Watt should be in the running for league MVP as well. 

“T.J. is seriously one of the best players I’ve ever played against, and I’ve played against some really good defensive guys,” Roethlisberger said on Tuesday. “He truly is a special player. I’m glad I’ve haven’t been sacked by him. He is a game-changer and a game-wrecker. I’ve been a part of guys like that — Troy Polamalu — who can change a football game. It doesn’t happen on defense that often. To be a literal game-changer on defense is something completely special. 

“He should be recognized more than just [Defensvie Player of the Year]. He should absolutely get MVP votes as well because that’s the type of player that he is.”

Watt would join extremely rare company if he is able to win league MVP. The first 13 league MVP awards went to either…


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