Cam Heyward becomes the first Steeler to crack the NFL Top 100. NFL Network is releasing its annual top 100 list, and as always, it’s sure to stir up debate.
The veteran defensive tackle comes in at number 84, a slight improvement from being ranked as the 88th best player this time last year.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 27, 2020
Heyward, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, all of which have been spent with Pittsburgh, registered 9 sacks in 2019. Heyward also recorded a career-high 83 total tackles in 2019, 6 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last season. He was selected to his third Pro Bowl and named a First-Team All-Pro for the second time in his career.
The 31-year-old has also emerged as a leader on the Steelers, something that became evident with how he handled all of the drama that surrounded his team the past few years.
Heyward’s performance on the field coupled with his leadership off of it make him someone the Steelers can’t afford to lose for several reasons. Heyward is set to become a free agent following the 2020 season.
The NFL’s Top 100 list is voted on entirely by the players and unveiled just prior to training camp every year.