Cam Heyward Selected to Sixth Career Pro Bowl Appearance
Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward has been selected for the Pro Bowl Games to replace Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones, the team announced on Tuesday.
The selection will make it six for Heyward’s career, joining his three All-Pros to buff up his Hall of Fame resume. After the season he had, it is hard to not be impressed by what Heyward did this year. He racked up 10.5 sacks on the season, his second straight double-digit sack season.
As it stands, that is now the third member of the Steelers defense to make the Pro Bowl along with Minkah Fitzpatrick and T.J. Watt, though Watt bowed out to recover from a plethora of injuries that nagged him all season. It is just yet another illustrious honor that Heyward deserves as one of the best defensive tackles in football.
Cam Heyward has quietly built a strong resume over the first part of his 30s. The 33-year-old Heyward has 21.5 sacks in his last two seasons in his age 32 and 33 seasons. Simply put, that does not happen very often for most players, but Heyward’s path to the top of the NFL, and nearly to the top of the all-time sack list in franchise history, is nearly complete.
He now has 78.5 sacks in his career. It appears that Heyward will be back for another season in 2023 as he continues to play at a high level. He was not happy about being snubbed from the All-Pro list when it was dropped, but gets some penance by landing in the Pro Bowl.
Heyward will not join the New York Jets’ Quinnen Williams and the Tennessee Titans’ Jeffery Simmons as the defensive tackles on the AFC roster. Jones, who had two sacks in the Chiefs’ win over the Bengals on Sunday, will play in the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.