With recording two sacks in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Cam Heyward now ranks second on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 78.5, behind just James Harrison (80.5). Heyward, who’s been nominated for five Pro Bowls and named first-team All-Pro three times, continues to build a case for himself as a future Hall of Famer. If he can play a few more years and reach 100 career sacks, he should earn a Gold Jacket someday.
T.J. Watt (77.5) also tied Hall of Famer Joe Greene on the all-time list with a half-sack. Watt has 15.0 career sacks against the Browns, which is the most in franchise history against Cleveland. No player in the NFL has more sacks against a single opponent since Watt entered NFL in 2017 (Cameron Jordan, 15.0, vs. Atlanta).
After tying Micheal Strahan’s single-season all-time sack record with 22.5 last year and winning Defensive Player of the Year, it seemed like a lock that Watt would break Harrison’s franchise record for sacks, as he entered the year with 72. Of course, Watt suffered a torn pectoral in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals and didn’t return until Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints. Watt also had arthroscopic knee surgery, which further delayed his return while being sidelined by a pectoral injury. The knee injury occurred in the preseason against the Detroit Lions and it was a lingering issue.
The injuries continued to pile up for Watt even when he returned, as he suffered a rib injury in Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts. Watt was pretty much non-existent in the following week against the Atlanta Falcons, but since then, he’s recorded 5.5 sacks.
With recording 1.5 sacks in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers, Watt joined his brother J.J. and Hall of Famer Reggie White as the fastest players to reach 75 career sacks, doing it in 84 career games. It took White only 63 games, while J.J. accomplished the feat in 83 games, just one game faster than his brother.