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Cameron Heyward

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Heyward in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 97 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-06) May 6, 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Career information
High school: Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career Template:If empty statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 143
Sacks: 15
Forced fumbles: 1
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Cameron Phillips Heyward (born May 6, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

High school career

Heyward attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia, where he played for the Peachtree Ridge Lions high school football team. He was the 2006 Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year. The team tied for the Georgia Class 5A State Championship that same year. He totaled over 100 tackles and 16 sacks as a Senior. He was considered the 7th best football player in Georgia, and the 13th best defensive tackle in the nation by[1] He benched 335 pounds and squatted 510 pounds, and was considered a scholar athlete at Peachtree Ridge High School with a GPA of 3.2.

College career

As a true freshman in 2007, Heyward was named a freshman All-American by Sporting News, and after recording 30 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 2 passes broken up. The Ohio State Buckeyes went to the BCS National Championships with Heyward as a freshman, losing to Louisiana State University 38 to 24.

In 2008, he recorded 36 tackles and three sacks. The Buckeyes made it to another bowl game in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl against Texas, losing 24 to 21.

As a junior, in 2009, he had 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl, in which the Buckeyes won 26 to 17 against Oregon. Following his junior season, Heyward decided against declaring for the NFL Draft, instead returning for his senior season with the Buckeyes.[2]

Heyward amassed 48 total tackles and 3.5 sacks in his senior season, returning an interception for a career high 80 yards against Miami. He led the Buckeyes to a berth in the Allstate 2011 Sugar Bowl, beating the Arkansas Razorbacks 31 to 26.

Heyward finished his career at Ohio State with 162 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and one interception.[3]

Professional career

2011 NFL Draft

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from NFL Combine[4][5]</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt<th>Arm length</th><th>Hand size</th> 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4⅝ in 294 lb<td align="center">34¼ in</td><td align="center">10⅛ in</td> 4.95 s 35 in 30 reps

Pittsburgh Steelers

Heyward was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (31st overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After wearing jersey number 95 during the pre-season of his rookie campaign, Heyward switched to number 97.

On July 29, 2011, Heyward signed a four-year $6.7M contract, that included a $3.3M signing bonus, and a team option for a fifth year at $6.9M.[6] On April 22, 2014, the Steelers exercised that option, which will keep Heyward in Pittsburgh through the 2015 season.[7]

In 2011, Heyward saw action in all 16 games, during which he had 11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a pass defensed, and he blocked a field goal. His first career sack was a strip sack of Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

In 2012, Heyward played in relief in all 16 games. He had 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

In 2013, Heyward became a full-time starter with the season's third game, replacing Ziggy Hood at left defensive end. He remained a starter for the final 13 games in which he finished second on the team (first among defensive linemen) with five sacks and led the defense with 31 quarterback pressures.[7] He also registered 59 tackles (two for a loss), a fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.

Heyward did not miss a single game due to injury during his first three seasons, which included 48 regular season games and one play-off contest.

On October 3, 2014, Heyward was fined $22,050 by the NFL for using abusive language towards an official during Week 4.

NFL stats

2011 PIT 16 11 10 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 PIT 16 20 13 7 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 PIT 16 59 35 24 5.0 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 7
2014 PIT 16 53 33 20 7.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Career 64 143 91 52 15.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12


  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed


Heyward was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His late father Craig "Ironhead" Heyward was a former NFL running back.[9]


  1. ^ #97 cameron heyward. (2010). Retrieved from
  2. ^ Rittenberg, A. (2010). Heyward, Chekwa return to Ohio State. ESPN College Football, Retrieved from
  3. ^ ESPN stats page
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  6. ^ Mihoces, Gary (July 29, 2011). "Steelers sign No. 1 pick Cameron Heyward". The Huddle (blog). USA Today. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Bouchette, Ed (April 22, 2014). "Steelers exercise fifth-year option on Cam Heyward". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cameron Heyward Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Heyward following in father’s footsteps

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