by Fitzgerald Cecilio

Houston, TX

Brian Cushing believes that Houston Texans teammate J.J. Watt has what it takes to be the greatest defensive player ever.

"When you talk about the potential that he has of really being the greatest defensive player ever, he could be," said Cushing. "I know that's very premature but he's that kind of player."

Watt, 24, had a dominating season in 2012 towards becoming the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in just his second year,

He led the NFL with 20.5 sacks despite having to play with an elbow injury and deflected 16 passes, made 81 tackles and forced four fumbles.

"Just the combination of speed, the power, how he plays, his endurance, his smarts … the scary part is it's his second year. He hasn't even hit his peak yet," said Cushing, who noted that it's usually hard for him to give other players credit.

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