Former Ohio State Linemen Cameron Heyward, Corey Linsley Earn NFL All-Pro Honors Again in 2021

By Dan Hope on January 14, 2022 at 12:48 pm
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Cameron Heyward and Corey Linsley have once again been recognized as two of the NFL’s best linemen.

Heyward was named Friday as a first-team NFL All-Pro by the Associated Press, while Linsley was chosen as a second-team AP All-Pro.

For Heyward, it’s the third time in the last five years that he has earned first-team All-Pro honors from the AP. Heyward, who was previously a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and 2019 and also earned second-team All-Pro honors last season, is back on the first team this year after recording a career-high 89 total tackles with 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, nine pass deflections (also a career-high), one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the 2021 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Linsley, who was a first-team All-Pro in 2020, earned second-team All-Pro honors for the 2021 season, his first with the Los Angeles Chargers. Linsley started all 16 games for the Chargers this season and was graded by Pro Football Focus as the NFL’s second-best center, behind Creed Humphrey of the Kansas City Chiefs (though it was Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, who PFF graded third, who earned first-team All-Pro honors).

Heyward and Linsley were the only former Ohio State players to make the All-Pro team for the second year in a row, though Nick Bosa received five votes at edge rusher while edge rusher Joey Bosa, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and punter Cameron Johnston also each received one vote at their respective positions.

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