The Associated Press has released their selections for the 2020 NFL All-Pro Team. When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, outside linebacker T.J. Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick were selected as first team All-Pro with Cameron Heyward as a second team All-Pro selection.
Both Watt and Fitzpatrick were first-time, first-team selections in 2019. As for Cam Heyward, he was also a first-team selection last season as well as in 2017 prior to his second team selection in 2020.
The Associated Press All-Pro Team is made up of the top offensive, defensive, and special trams’ players in the NFL at their given positions. On first team, only 11 players on offense are selected with 11 players on defense and six specialists unless a tie increases the numbers at a position.
Leading the league in sacks (15.0) and tackles for loss (23), T.J. Watt has put himself in the discussion for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year yet again in 2020. Having 41 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, seven passes defense, and an interception, Watt is one of the budding young defensive stars in the NFL. The other edge rusher chosen as a first team All-Pro selection was Cleveland’s Myles Garrett.
Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick followed up his 2019 All-Pro season in 2020 by adding four interceptions, a career-high 11 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Due to a tie, there were three safeties selected to the first team All-Pro this season as Fitzpatrick is joined by Kansas City’s Tyrann Matthieu and Arizona’s Budda Baker.
Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward landed on the second team All-Pro in 2020. Having the first interception of his career, Heyward finished the season with 4.0 sacks, 54 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 18 quarterback hits. Placing ahead of Heyward on the first team was the Rams’ Aaron Donald and the Colts’ the Deforest Buckner.
Congratulations to the three Steelers defenders for the acknowledgement of their outstanding seasons!