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J.J. Watt makes history with 80-yard interception for touchdown

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Pass rusher extraordinare J.J. Watt was recently made the highest paid defensive player in the game, and for good reason. He was named NFL defensive player of the year in 2012 and followed up his 20 1/2 sacks campaign in 2012 with 10 1/2 sacks last season. Now, he is scoring touchdowns.

In Week 2 against Oakland, Watt lined up at tight end and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Two weeks later he intercepts a pass and rumbles 80 yards for a score against Buffalo.

His two touchdowns this season puts Watt in elite company.

Since the merger of 1970, only one other defender has scored a touchdown receiving and via interception in the same season: New England’s Mike Vrabel in 2005.

Do you think we see Watts kick a field goal?