If you're an aspiring defensive end looking to model your game after an all-time great of the NFL, Reggie White is a pretty good target.
The Hall of Famer and longtime Philadelphia Eagle and Green Bay Packer finished his career with 13 Pro Bowl selections, eight first-team All-Pro nods and pretty much every football accolade you can think of. NFL.com went so far as to name him the No. 2 defensive player of all time, and you don't get the moniker "The Minister of Defense" for nothing. In fact, there aren't too many defensive players in the game's history that can even come close to boasting the same achievements as those that White has reached.
But T.J. Watt just might be getting there.
With 3.5 sacks in Pittsburgh's razor-thin victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Watt boosted his total to a league-best 16.0 sacks on the year in just 10 games played, setting his new season high by beating out last year's 15.0 sacks... which also led the league. While it looked like it was Myles Garrett's year to become the sacks champion — and that still may be the case, as he has 14.0 and there are more games to be played — Watt now has a pretty firm grip on the lead and is only building momentum.
Watt got three more sacks on Sunday than he needed to in order to make NFL history. Entering the game with 12.5, he needed just half of a sack to join the aforementioned White as the only players in league history with four consecutive seasons in which they've recorded 13 or more sacks (since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic).
We still might call BS on Watt's supposed claims about leading a college team to a championship as their quarterback, but there isn't too much else that we'd doubt about his game to this point. He's getting better every season, and with the single-season sack record in his sights, he could very well be on the way to joining White in some other career accomplishments.