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Steelers DE Cam Heyward Wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week



Cam Heyward

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday after a ferocious performance against the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday in Pittsburgh’s 13-10 win.

This is Heyward’s first such honor this season, but his play over the last two weeks has been All-Pro worthy. Heyward has racked up 3.5 sacks and 14 pressures over the last two games. Against the Raiders, he registered two QB Hits, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, and seven pressures on the day. It was a performance worthy of such an honor as Heyward continues to get better as the season goes on.

Now 33, Cam Heyward has 8.5 sacks somehow at that age. He continues to prove himself as one of the NFL’s best interior pass rushers despite his age. In his 12th NFL season, Heyward continues on a path that is tearing himself into the hallmarks of potentially entering Canton after his playing career is over.

Saturday was as emotional as any game for Heyward. He opened the game by running out of the tunnel with the No. 32 flag to honor the late Franco Harris. Then, he went out and may have played his best game of the entire season. So, an award such as this is just a small inkling on what Heyward earned with his play.