During the Detroit Lions' big win over the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round, social media was a buzz. While the national audience was watching the best game of the weekend, there was a fun interaction between Lions Hall-of-Famer Barry Sanders and soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer J.J. Watt on Twitter (X) that Detroit fans will surely appreciate.
Watt, a three-time defensive player of the year, is one of the best NFL players we have had the privilege to watch over the past decade-plus. And in the year since his retirement, he has taken on a lot of ventures, including staying connected to the NFL via television, podcasts, social media, and more.
While watching the Detroit-LA game, Watt shared his thoughts on the action and specifically commented on Lions edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson’s improved pass rushing technique—an area where Watt, as a former edge rusher, is an expert in.
Aiden Hutchinson spin move is nasty.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 15, 2024
The next morning, Watt’s comment caught the attention of Sanders—who was in Ford Field attending the Lions playoff game—and the Lions legend offered a light-hearted and clever question:
Better than mine?— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) January 15, 2024
Watt’s response to Barry was fantastic (and likely 100% accurate):
do you know how happy I am that I never had to try tackling you?— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 15, 2024
Sanders reciprocated the compliment and offered a respectful response, praising not only J.J. but also his brother T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers—who is also an edge rusher and former defensive player of the year.
I was the lucky one. I missed all the Watts.— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) January 16, 2024
It’s always fun to see interactions like this on social media, where legends of the sport can chat and share praise.