The Pittsburgh Steelers can brag about having a true leader on and off the field.
As announced by Adam Schefter of ESPN on Friday, Steelers star defensive lineman Cam Heyward was just named the Week 8 NFLPA Community MVP, thanks to his Cam’s Week of Kindness.
Per Schefter, Heyward’s work helped “spread generosity and support to Pittsburgh youth,” hence the notable achievement.
Ahead of his near return to the field, Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive lineman Cam Heyward is the Week 8 NFLPA Community MVP for spreading generosity and support to Pittsburgh youth through his Cam’s Week of Kindness.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2023
More than that, the fans will also be thrilled to know that the team just opened his 21-day window to be activated from the reserve/injured list after returning to practice for the first time since Week 1.
Heyward underwent groin surgery last month and also had an injured back, and while he was always expected to return this season, the timeline was never clear.
The former first-round pick has been a stalwart and a mainstay for Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh, making it to six straight Pro Bowls and getting three First-Team All-Pro selections.
Even so, the Steelers have managed to get by without him, although they could use a big boost against the run.
Keeanu Benton and DeMarvin Leal have picked up most of the slack without him, but Heyward is expected to become a full-time starter again upon his return.
Heyward currently ranks third in total sacks in franchise history (78.5), trailing just James Harrison (80.5) and T.J. Watt (85.5).
The Steelers will get ready to host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and the defensive line will have their hands full with running back Travis Etienne.
But they shouldn’t be worried because help is on the way, and they just need to hold down the fort a little longer.