Could T.J. Watt one day be the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks???
Bruce Smith — the current sack record-holder — certainly thinks so … telling TMZ Sports the Pittsburgh Steelers star is “the one we want to watch now because he’s young.”
Smith has held the all-time sacks mark since 2003, when he logged his 200th career QB takedown … and nobody has come close to the number since.
So, we had to ask … does Smith think anybody will be able to get to his mark eventually??
Smith says it’s certainly possible — telling us the rules of the game will change enough for players to have a shot — but he says everything has to break the right way for a player to hit 200.
“You have to understand there has to be a level of consistency that will last for 14, 15 years,” Bruce says. “So, there are a lot of factors that go against you from being able to, heck, even reach 130 sacks or 140 sacks.”
“The number one factor is health,” Smith added.
FYI — T.J. has 47.5 sacks through his first 3-plus seasons … which Smith says he’s impressed by.
As for if Smith WANTS to see his record broken … check out the clip, Bruce tells us he’d certainly prefer it if it stayed his!!!