The Pittsburgh Steelers defense recorded another four quarterback sacks Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and defensive tackle Cameron Heyward was responsible for one of them. That sack of Rams quarterback Jared Goff early in the second quarter now gives Heyward 50.5 for his career.
Heyward, who now has 5.5 sacks this season, currently ranks ninth all-time in Steelers franchise history. His 50.5 sacks are the fifth-most among active defensive tackles in the NFL.
Steelers all-time sack leaders:
1. James Harrison (2002, 2004-12, 2014-17) 80.5
2. Jason Gildon (1994-03) 77.0
3. L.C. Greenwood (1969-81) 73.5
4. Joe Greene (1969-81) 66.0
5. Joey Porter (1999-06) 60.0
6. Keith Willis (1982-87,89-91) 59.0
7. LaMarr Woodley (2007-13) 57.0
8. Greg Lloyd (1988-97) 53.5
9. Cameron Heyward (2011-19) 50.5
10. Dwight White (1971-80) 46.0
Heyward’s first career sack came against the Tennessee Titans on October 9, 2011. You can see that sack below.
While Heyward is currently only under contract through the 2020 season, odds are good he’ll sign another extension during the offseason. He’s currently just 30 years of age and appears to be playing better than he ever has with no signs of slowing down.
Assuming Heyward does sign a contract extension and continues to play with the Steelers well past 2020, he fires to end his career somewhere in the top 5 of the team’s all-time sack leaders.