The NFL Network’s list of the top 100 players continues on with another Steeler receiving the honor. Cam Heyward comes in at number 88 after T.J. Watt was the first Pittsburgh player to be announced on the list at number 91.
Not only has Heyward become an elite defensive end, he’s also established himself as one of the most respected veterans in the league. This is the third time in his eight-year career he’s been voted as among the top 100 players, including being part of the top 50 just one year ago. Heyward recorded 8 sacks and 29 solo tackles last season. Even though Heyward still had a solid year, his dip in production from the 12 sacks and 30 solo tackles he recorded in 2017 may be the reason he’s now dropped on the list. He’s forced at least one fumble in each of the last three seasons.
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In addition to his play on the field, Heyward is among one of the leaders on his team. His leadership became evident during the off-season when he vocally attempted to calm the media storm against some of his teammates.
NFL Network will be unveiling more of their list throughout the coming days. Will more Steelers join Watt and Heyward as members of the top 100?
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.