Ohio State produced two of the NFL’s top four defensive linemen this year, according to the Pro Football Writers of America.
Nick Bosa is one of two defensive ends on this year’s All-NFL team while Cameron Heyward is one of two defensive tackles on this year’s All-NFL team, which was announced by the PFWA on Monday.
The PFWA announces its' 2021 All-NFL, All-AFC and All-NFC teams ... pic.twitter.com/LzSUtblSmz— Pro Football Writers (@PFWAwriters) January 24, 2022
Heyward, who also earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press, earns All-NFL honors from the PFWA for the second time in his career. This year’s honor comes after he recorded 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 Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 regular season.
Bosa, a first-time All-NFL selection, is honored after he recorded 52 total tackles with 15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a league-leading 21 tackles for loss during the San Francisco 49ers’ regular season. In his first year back from a torn ACL, Bosa has continued his strong play in the NFL playoffs, recording two sacks against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday to help the 49ers make the NFC Championship Game.
Ohio State is one of four schools with multiple alumni on this year’s All-NFL team along with Oklahoma (Mark Andrews and Trent Williams), Wisconsin (Jonathan Taylor and T.J. Watt) and Texas (Justin Tucker and Devin Duvernay).