PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward refuses to slow down.
Heyward, in his 12th NFL season at the prime ole age of 33, sacked Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady Sunday at Acrisure Stadium. With Brady driving his team toward the endzone in the second quarter, Heyward got home with his buddy Malik Reed and halted the drive in its tracks.
Cam Heyward and Malik Reed combine for the red zone sack!
Another stop for this D 😤 pic.twitter.com/Qdz8UgIfXf
— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) October 16, 2022
A four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, Heyward is no stranger to sacking the quarterback.
But this one was special.
Check it out, courtesy of Steelers communications manager Michael Bertsch:
With that sack, @CamHeyward now has 70.0 in his career, which are the most by a @steelers DL since 1982, third-most by an active NFL DT, fifth-most in franchise history and fourth-most by a Steeler since 1982…#TBvsPIT#HereWeGo #BertschyBits https://t.co/4cSd7iDQum
— Michael Bertsch (@SteelersPRMike) October 16, 2022
The stats hold up nicely even if you expand to the pre-1982 days and include the legendary Steel Curtain defenders.
Per Pro Football Reference, Heyward still holds down the No. 6 spot all-time for the Steelers.
Of those players from the 1970s squads, only L.C. Greenwood (78.0) and Joe Greene (77.5) outpace Heyward in the sacks department.
Again, not bad.
Drafted in the first round by the Steelers back in 2011, Heyward established himself as one of the premier defensive players in the NFL at any position. Interestingly though, Heyward’s game has translated well with time.
Remember when I said Heyward is a four-time All-Pro?
All four of them came recently. In 2017, 2019, and 2021, Heyward earned first-team All-Pro honors, while he wound up on the second-team list in 2020.
On the current Steelers roster, only pass-rushing savant T.J. Watt (73.0) can claim more career sacks than Heyward.