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By: Sean McGeown, @seanpmcgeown


Only days away from the Pittsburgh Steelers Wild Card playoff matchup with the Cleveland Browns, the NFL has announced the AP All-Pro Teams, and three Steelers have landed on it:

All three players are from the defensive side of the ball. To nobody’s surprise, outside linebacker T.J. Watt has been voted First Team All-Pro for the second straight year. Watt has absolutely dominated — leading the league in sacks (15), tackles for loss (23), and QB hits (41). He also added 53 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception. Watt continues to perform at an elite level. Many consider him to be the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year.

Watt’s teammate, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, was also named First Team All-Pro for the second straight season. Fitzpatrick put together another stellar campaign. He had 79 tackles, 4 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), 11 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Fitzpatrick has had an immediate impact on Pittsburgh’s secondary and defense as a whole since joining the team in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

The third player to be voted in was defensive end Cameron Heyward, who was voted to Second Team All-Pro. Heyward put together another strong campaign, accounting for 54 tackles, 4 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 18 QB hits, and an interception. Another strong season for the captain of Pittsburgh’s defense.


All three of these players are deserving, and we congratulate them on their performances this season. It is now time to show why they were voted here, as they and the rest of the team look to start their journey to bring home their seventh Lombardi Trophy.


Lifelong Steeler fan from Long Island, NY . Bleed black and gold. Love sports discussions and giving my opinion, especially when it comes to the Steelers. Follow me on twitter @SeanPMcGeown! Here We Go Steelers!

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