Breakfast: Why Watt won’t discuss stats
July 18, 2017 02:45 PM | Deepi Sidhu
J.J. Watt currently leads in the NFL with 214 quarterback hits and 133 tackles for loss. Since entering the league in 2011, Watt also ranks first in the NFL with 76.0 sacks.

Despite the eye-popping numbers, don't expect Watt to make any predictions or guarantees when it comes to his statistics in 2017.

"I did that one year and it was one of the things that I wish I never would have done," Watt said Monday in a podcast with Pardon My Take. "One year - after my first defensive player of the year - I had a good year and I was very close to hitting 20 sacks, 20 batted balls and 20 tackles for loss. I was only like four batted balls away. I had the sacks, I had the tackles for loss. I was doing an interview the next year and somebody brought that up and I said, 'yeah it would be really cool to create a 20-20-20 club."

In 2012, Watt led the NFL with 20.5 sacks, recorded 39.5 TFLs and 16 passes defensed. He fell short of his 20-20-20 goal in the 2013 season, one that was even more challenging to achieve because of the Texans 2-14 record. While Watt bounced back in 2014 and 2015 with back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors, he did so without any discussion of his statistics, a lesson he learned in 2013.

"Obviously for the rest of that season, everybody was like well he didn't hit it," Watt said. "Everybody then compares you to that and so I never put numbers out anymore because I know all people do is bring up those numbers."
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