J.J. Watt heard about T.J. Watt's NFL debut from Kendrick Lamar

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year first learned about his brother's impactful performance through a

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – J.J. Watt exited a team meeting Friday night, checked his phone and immediately discovered an unexpected congratulatory text message from a celebrity.

The Texans' star defensive end was unable to watch his youngest brother, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt, record two sacks in four plays against the New York Giants in his first NFL preseason game.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year first learned about his brother's impactful performance through a message from Grammy award winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.

"I came out of my meeting and I actually had a text on my phone and the first text that I saw it was the most crazy thing in the world," Watt said Saturday after practice. "I read the text and it said, 'I see your little bro out there ballin', hope all is well.' And I looked and it was from Kendrick Lamar. ... It was a pretty wild thing to see."

Watt quickly did an Internet search to learn more about his brother's NFL debut.

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"I see he got two sacks in four plays, so I texted him so he could see after the game what Kendrick said," Watt said. "I thought that was the craziest thing in the world to have one of the best rappers in the world, possibly the best rapper in the world, text me about my little brother.

"It was just so cool. It was such an awesome moment. He's a great football player. I'm very excited to watch him play. He's worked so hard."

T.J. Watt is a first-round draft pick from Wisconsin who was drafted with the 30th overall selection.

Now, T.J. Watt has some early bragging rights among the Watt brothers in the NFL. That includes San Diego Chargers fullback Derek Watt.

"Two sacks in four plays made me question myself, because I played four plays the other day," said Watt, who registered no statistics in a brief appearance against the Carolina Panthers in his first game back since undergoing back surgery last year. "So, a little disappointed (laughter). I was very proud. I've got two brothers in the NFL and I get to watch them play. It's literally a dream.

"Whenever they do something, it always seems to be attached to them being J.J.'s little brother. Maybe after the other night, I'm T.J.'s older brother. I think they have come to terms with it. If we weren't so close, if we weren't so tight, it would be a problem. We love each other so much and appreciate and respect each other so much. It doesn't really bother him. He's going to make a name for himself."

Watt said he was felt somewhat conflicted watching the game because, while he wants his brother to excel, the Steelers are an AFC franchise.

"Last night when I did start watching the game, I didn't know how to feel because the Steelers are an AFC team," Watt said. "I want my brother to do good, but then I'm like, 'Wait a second here. I don't like how this all works out.' I literally didn't know what to do. I wanted to tweet 'Congratulations on a great first game,' but, at the same time, I'm like, 'No, you're on another team. Screw you. I don't want you to do good.'

"It's such a weird conundrum to be in, but it's an awesome problem to have to have all three brothers in the AFC, all competing for the title. And somebody will have bragging rights at the end of the year, and hopefully it will be me. He holds the bragging rights after one preseason game. I'm very quick to remind him that it was a preseason game."

The Texans host the Steelers in a Christmas Day game at NRG Stadium. Watt's parents will rack up the frequent flier miles attending their three sons' respective games this season.

"It's really cool for them," Watt said. "They were at the game. I'm so fortunate they made us work hard and taught us to chase our dreams."

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