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Watt brothers carrying on family legacy at Wisconsin

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Following a legend is hard, especially when that legend also happens to be your older brother. Derek and TJ Watt are two Badgers in that tough position as they try to carry on the Watt family legacy at Wisconsin started by their big brother JJ.

"I'm extremely proud of them. I'm more proud than you know because they're in a very difficult spot," says the Houston Texans defensive end. "It would have been easy to say, 'Everybody gives JJ all the credit. Everybody always calls us JJ's little brothers. Heck with that.' But they don't. They work extremely hard to carve out their own identities."

For instance, both younger brothers are on offense. Derek is the returning starter at fullback.

"He (JJ) definitely blazed a good trail for us to follow. We look at like we followed down that trail and we veered off our own way."

TJ has veered over to tight end where the redshirt freshman is hoping to work his way into the rotation.

"Obviously he (JJ) did pave a path for himself, and he's just a great model to look after just to see how it's done the right way."

JJ may have blazed the trail, but he knows it still wasn't an easy one to travel for his siblings.

"Every single thing that they've gotten is because of their work. None of it is because of a name. None of it is because of me. It's all because they truly deserve it, and that's what I'm proud of."

JJ will be able to express that pride in person in two weeks at a Watt reunion of sorts. The Badgers are headed down to Houston to face LSU in the season opener. JJ plans to play the gracious host in his new home city.

"I'm looking forward to it very much. It's a lot of fun. I'm excited to show them my city, and I'm excited to show them around. It's going to be an awesome time. I normally go back that weekend to watch one of their games because it's the only time that I can. So, this year they're coming to me. This is the stuff that dreams are made of."

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