Former Ohio State Defensive Lineman Cameron Heyward Named to Pro Bowl Games After Standout Season With Pittsburgh Steelers

By Chase Brown on January 31, 2023 at 11:55 am
Cameron Heyward
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Cameron Heyward's added another accolade to his already-decorated career this week.

On Tuesday, the former Ohio State defensive lineman was selected to represent the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Pro Bowl Games as a replacement for Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, who will play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 12.

With his nomination, Heyward has now been named to six consecutive Pro Bowls. This season, he finished second on the Steelers with 10.5 sacks and led the team with 14 tackles for loss. Heyward also collected 74 tackles, 22 quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Those statistics become even more impressive when considering he recorded them at 33 years old and in his 12th season in the NFL. Across those 12 seasons, Heyward has been an eight-time captain for the Steelers and has received six Pro Bowl selections along with three first-team All-Pro and one second-team All-Pro nomination. The former first-round pick has also been a five-time nominee for the Walton Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

In addition to Heyward, two other Buckeyes were named to Pro Bowl rosters in December, including first-team All-Pro and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver Terry McLaurin of the Washington Commanders.

The 2023 Pro Bowl Games will occur from Thursday and Sunday and include several skill competitions and a flag football game between the AFC and the NFC. The winner of the Pro Bowl Games will be determined by the conference that earns the most points across each of the different events.

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