Conner received well-wishes from Pittsburgh's three professional teams - the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins - and even from former President Bill Clinton, who signed a get-well card for Conner.
The Steelers made linebacker T.J. Watt a first-round pick on Thursday night and that means Christmas will be a family reunion for some members of the Watt family.
Mock drafts weren't including T.J. Watt as a first-round pick when he chose to leave the University of Wisconsin following a breakout season as a redshirt junior. Watt was a tight end at Wisconsin before moving to linebacker in the spring of 2015. Logically, you would probably think that a team looking for a long snapper is looking to do it with their last pick in the draft.
In a way, Watt views his inexperience as a selling point.
He was a first team All-Big Ten linebacker and a first team All-American by Sports Illustrated and second team All-American by the Associated Press. "I'm scratching the surface". Tomlin has a chance to add another Super Bowl title to the team's trophy case in the next 2-3 seasons, and doing so will buy him plenty of time in the future. "When you have great competition, you tend to see the cream rise to the top".
With all that being said, that salary-cap estimate only matters in all eight rookie players making the 53-man roster. Then, he had another injury to the other knee, ending that season. Finally healthy last fall, he was a dominant force, a trait that runs in the family. He finished his career with five interceptions, four of which came in his senior season, 62 total tackles, 14 passes defended, 4.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. T.J. and J.J. will meet on the field as opponents for the first time when Pittsburgh visits Houston on December 25. I do not know him, but he's J.J. Watt's brother and comes from a great college development program, so I bet he's football-savvy. Ramczyk's Saints will play at Lambeau Field in Week 7.
Being drafted by the Steelers shouldn't necessarily be a surprise given their 3-4 scheme, as Steelers assistant and former National Football League linebacker Joey Porter worked out both Watt and Vince Biegel during Wisconsin's Pro Day on March 15. When the Colbert's evaluation projected Watt as a potential first rounder, Watt joined the fray. "It's not about J.J., it's not about Derek ... this is about T.J. and what he can do". He was only a one-year starter at Wisconsin. With Harrison ahead of him, Watt has time to learn the defensive system without the pressure to succeed right away, but he can expect a bigger role as the season progresses.
"People don't know the work ethic, the countless hours of film study", he said. He's always been a little bit more smooth [an athlete] than I was. I learned so much from J.J.