The NFL Network’s top 100 players for the 2020 season as voted on by the players themselves began their reveal on Sunday night. Counting down starting at 100, each show highlights 10 players. Sunday night saw three episodes revealing all the way down to number 71 ranked player. Within these rankings, The Steelers defensive captain Cameron Heyward came in on the list at number 84.
Needless to say, ranking Heyward so low after his second All-Pro season in three years is baffling to many who pay attention to the Steelers. Starting all 16 games in 2019, Heyward had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, six passes defensed, nine sacks, 23 quarterback hits, 11 tackles for loss, and 83 combined tackles. According to Pro Football Reference, Heyward led all defensive lineman in tackles as the only one who eclipsed the 80 mark.
Winning first team All-Pro from every major publication, Heyward comes in second to only the Los Angeles Ram’s Aaron Donald when it comes to the top interior defensive lineman. But when it comes to the list voted on by his peers, Heyward is terribly under represented.
Once the ranking was announced, Pro Football Focus was quick to respond on Twitter about Heyward being the second-best interior defense of lineman. Heyward responded himself and appears his slight on the list will be fuel for the upcoming season.
The hate has been at a all time high! Thank God that we have a season right around the corner. Need to exercise some demons. pic.twitter.com/BwFsAkteBq— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) July 27, 2020
Until the complete list is revealed over the next several days, it will be unknown exactly where Heyward falls among the other interior defensive linemen.
As for his teammates, some were quick to voice their disposal of Heyward’s ranking as can be seen below. Even Cam’s mother chimed in.