A one-two finish between the two rivals has long seemed a possibility—and on Thursday evening, it became a reality.
Garrett edged out Watt by 25 points to take the crown, becoming the first Browns player to win it. Watt, who won the award in 2021, finished second despite registering 19 sacks in 2023 to lead the league for the third time.
On Friday afternoon, Watt's brother—former defensive end and three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt—took to social media to defend his brother's honor.
Everybody is asking for my opinion on DPOY. I get it.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 9, 2024
The problem is I have no interest in tearing down MG.
Myles is a phenomenal player, I’m a big fan and he’s had an incredible career so far.
I can acknowledge that while also wondering what more TJ could have possibly done. pic.twitter.com/wSWpKVBntl
While stressing his respect for Garrett, J.J. posted a graphic demonstrating how T.J. bested the Cleveland superstar in 11 major notable categories.
"Myles is a phenomenal player, I’m a big fan and he’s had an incredible career so far," J.J. wrote. "I can acknowledge that while also wondering what more T.J. could have possibly done."