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Steelers Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alex Highsmith Earn PFWA Honors

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Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has been named to the Pro Football Writers All-NFL team for the third time in his career, the organization announced on Monday.

Fitzpatrick and Talonga Hufanga of the San Francisco 49ers were named the organization’s two All-NFL safety picks. Hufanga is the nephew of Steelers Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu.

Fitzpatrick was also named to the All-NFL team in 2019 and 2020. Those three seasons correspond with his three Associated Press All-Pro selections and three Pro Bowl nods. This year, he was also selected to the inaugural NFLPA Players’ All-Pro Team.

Fitzpatrick had a stellar 2023 season, despite missing two games. He finished tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions. He also had 11 passes defended and was second on the Steelers with 96 tackles.

Two of Fitzpatrick’s interceptions and one of his pass break-ups came on game-deciding drives. He also blocked an extra point to keep the Steelers alive in what became a season-opening overtime win at Cincinnati.

Both Fitzpatrick and Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith were also named to the PFWA All-AFC Team. Highsmith tied with Matt Milano of the Buffalo Bills for the second-most votes behind Matthew Judon of the New England Patriots. Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys and Haason Reddick of the Philadelphia Eagles were the All-NFL outside linebackers.

Full 2022 PFWA All-NFL Team

QB: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

RB: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns; Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

WR: Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins; Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs

T: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles; Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
G: Joel Bitonio, Browns; Zach Martin, Dallas Cowboys
C: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

DE: Nick Bosa, 49ers; Myles Garrett, Browns

DT: Chris Jones, Chiefs; Quinnen Williams, New York Jets

OLB: Micah Parsons, Cowboys; Haason Reddick, Eagles
MLB: Fred Warner, 49ers
CB: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Jets; Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos

S: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers; Talanoa Hufanga, 49ers

K: Daniel Carlson, Raiders
P: Tommy Townsend, Chiefs

KR: Keisean Nixon, Green Bay Packers

PR: Marcus Jones, New England Patriots

ST: Jeremy Reaves, Washington Commanders

Full 2022 PFWA All-AFC Team

QB: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

RB: Nick Chubb, Browns; Josh Jacobs, Raiders

WR: Tyreek Hill, Dolphins; Davante Adams, Raiders
TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs

T: Terron Armstead, Dolphins; Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans
G: Joel Bitonio, Browns; Joe Thuney, Chiefs
C: Creed Humphrey, Chiefs

DE: Myles Garrett, Browns; Maxx Crosby, Raiders

DT: Chris Jones, Chiefs; Quinnen Williams, Jets

OLB: Matthew Judon, New England Patriots; Alex Highsmith, Steelers and Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills (tie)
MLB: Roquan Smith, Baltimore Ravens
CB: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Jets; Patrick Surtain II, Broncos

S: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Steelers; Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

K: Daniel Carlson, Raiders
P: Tommy Townsend, Chiefs

KR: Nyheim Hines, Bills

PR: Marcus Jones, Patriots

ST: Justin Hardee, Jets

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