Derek Watt – From gridiron to ‘Ultimate Tag’
Derek Watt won’t say he’s eying a broadcasting career when his playing days are done. But he will admit his first experience was fun.
In “Ultimate Tag,” a physical competition series premiering Wednesday, May 20, on Fox, Watt and his fellow NFL player brothers J.J. and T.J. call the action as competitors vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through several three-dimensional courses, all the while chased by resident Taggers. The object of this ramped-up game of tag is simple: Don’t get caught.
For Derek Watt, a running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the middle child of the three Watt brothers, the two-week shoot in April 2019 was educational and entertaining.
“It was a great experience for us,” the 27-year-old Wisconsin native says. “You know, we were not great at it initially. It definitely took some time but it was a great opportunity for all three of us to do something like that together and get the true raw banter between us, one, just to spend time together. We don’t really get that much time in the offseason together like that. So it took us two weeks to film and we got to watch each other get better as we went along and it was a great experience for us.”
Who did he think did best?
“(J.J.) definitely has a knack for that kind of thing,” he says. “And I would say T.J. struggled the most and he’d be the first to admit it. He had some issues with the TelePrompter … . But it was fun. I wouldn’t say I was great at it but I feel like I picked up steam as we went along and got better as we progressed and it was fun and I would definitely do it again.
Full name: Derek John Watt
Birth date: Nov. 7, 1992
Birthplace: Waukesha, Wis.
Height/weight: 6 feet 2 inches/235 pounds
Alma mater: University of Wisconsin
Family ties: Older brother J.J. Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans; younger brother T.J. Watt is a linebacker for the Steelers
Draft: Selected in the sixth round (198th overall) by the San Diego Chargers in 2016
Teams: San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2016-19); Pittsburgh Steelers (2020-present)