The original Steel Curtain, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes, Joe Green, and Dwight White set the gold-standard for excellence at the position. Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton deserved mention alongside them. In between them the Steelers have started a spectrum of players from the very good Joel Steed, to the good such as Gerald Williams, Keith Willis and Kevin Henry, to the “not so much” - Keith Gary, Aaron Jones, and Donald Evans.
As we do every year at Thanksgiving, Steel Curtain Rising stops to take stock and give thanks for something Steelers related.
At Thanksgiving 2014 Steel Curtain Rising stops to recognize the blossoming of a young defensive lineman who one day might be worth of mention with franchise greats.
- That player is none other than Cameron Heyward.
Yet after two years, Heyward remained an enigma to Steelers Nation. Stuck behind Smith, Brett Keisel, and Ziggy Hood, Heyward looked strong when he got playing time, but why didn’t he get more? It took an 0-4 start, but Steelers Nation got its wish as Mike Tomlin started Heyward over Hood.
- And Heyward has been a one man wrecking crew since then.
- To wit, he’s already recovered two fumbles (yes, that is counting Jason Worild’s strip-sack vs. the Bills)
- Although uncredited, Heyward clearly hit Matthew Stafford helping force a game-sealing interception vs. Detroit
Happy Thanksgiving Steelers Nation
Football and the Steelers are of course only a small part of life. And fortunately, I have many, many non-football reasons to be thankful at this time of year. I sincerely hope you can say the same.
And with that, Steel Curtain Rising wishes everyone in Steelers Nation a very Happy Thanksgiving.