Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has been one of the best safeties in the NFL for his first three seasons, so it’s no surprise that he has been named one of the best players under the age of 25 in advance of the 2021 season.
Fitzpatrick, who will turn 25 on Nov. 17, was named to the NFL.com 2021 All-Under-25 Team last week.
The team was selected of one player at each position, plus two flex spots, with all players meeting the requirement of being under 25 by the start of the 2021 season. It was the second straight season Fitzpatrick was honored.
“He’s one of only two players with 10 or more interceptions and three or more returned for a touchdown since 2018, joining Marcus Peters in this rare company,” Nick Shook wrote.
“Fitzpatrick allowed the lowest completion percentage (45.5%) in the NFL last season, per Next Gen Stats (min. 30 targets). His ballhawk rate (the percentage of targets where the nearest defender made a pass defensed or interception) of 33.3 percent ranked third in the league, painting a picture of a complete safety with even more room to grow.”
In addition to his recognition for success as a young player, Fitzpatrick has been named to two straight All-Pro squads and two straight Pro Bowls since being traded to Pittsburgh in 2019.