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While he's already made his share of NFL history, T.J. Watt has set a record that truly distinguishes himself among the fraternity of legendary pass rushers. The Steelers' perennial Pro Bowl linebacker has become the first player since the league started keeping track of individual sacks in 1982 to lead the NFL in sacks on three separate occasions. 

Watt finished the regular season with 19 sacks -- 1.5 more than the Bengals' Trey Hendrickson and the Jaguars' Josh Allen -- and in the process has become the fourth player in league history with multiple 19-sack seasons. 

The 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Watt was already only the eighth player since 1982 to lead the league in sacks multiple times. His older brother, JJ Watt, was the most recent player to accomplish that feat during his stellar run with the Texans in the 2010s. 

While the NFL doesn't recognize them, Pro Football Reference has unofficial sack tallies of players dating to 1960. When you include those numbers, a dozen players have led the NFL in sacks multiple times over the past 63 years. Deacon Jones, a legendary pass rusher who actually coined the term "sack" during his Hall of Fame career with the Rams, led the NFL in sacks five times, according to PFR. 

Players to lead NFL in sacks multiple times 

T.J. Watt

2020, 2021, 2023

J.J. Watt

2012, 2015

Jared Allen 

2007, 2011

DeMarcus Ware 

2008, 2010 

Michael Strahan 

2001, 2003

Kevin Greene 

1994, 1996 

Reggie White

1987, 1988

Mark Gastineau 

1983, 1984 

Jack Youngblood 

1974, 1979

Al Baker 1978, 1980
Deacon Jones 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 
Jim Katcavage 1962, 1963

Watt becoming the first player in the post merger era to lead the NFL in sacks would surely add to his future Hall of Fame resume. But making history is nothing new to Watt. 

Earlier this season, Watt became the second-fastest player to record his 90th career sack, which occurred in his 98th game. He also make history this season when he broke former teammate James Harrison's franchise career sack record. Watt do so after recording a sack during Pittsburgh's Week 2 win over the Browns

While he continues to make history, Watt is more focused on helping the Steelers snap their seven-year drought without a playoff win. Achieving that, Watt said, was his primary goal prior to the start of the 2023 season. 

"Getting into Year 7, you're just trying to get to the Super Bowl," Watt told CBS Sports just before the start of training camp. "I've played in three playoff games and haven't won a single one, so that's a big issue. That's probably goal No. 1 is just to get into the playoffs and win a playoff game and just go from there.

"I'm not about the individual goals anymore. I've set myself up nice where I've been having a good career but it doesn't matter if you're not winning games when they matter most. I think that's objective No. 1, for sure."

The Steelers will have to win at least one playoff game if Watt is going to play again this season. He sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain during Pittsburgh's Week 18 win over Baltimore that will likely sideline him for multiple weeks.