Steelers DT Cameron Heyward has an essential determination to make about his soccer future within the coming days, weeks or months after one more disappointing postseason loss.
The 34-year-old contemplated hanging up his cleats following the 2022 season however did not. It appears he’ll do the identical this yr. Nevertheless, one thing feels totally different this time.
“It has been a tough season. In my coronary heart, I need to play however it’s been tough,” Heyward instructed reporters. “I must take the offseason to get wholesome once more.”
No participant comes out of any season scathe free, however Heyward has had probably the most irritating seasons of his 13-year NFL profession.
He suffered a groin harm in Week 1 that landed him on injured reserve for eight weeks. The six-time Professional Bowler completed the yr with simply 33 tackles, two sacks and one cross defensed.
Heyward is aware of it has been a powerful feat to play over a decade within the league, however he would not appear impressed, as of now, to run it again following his injury-riddled season.
“I am a yr older. You have a look at this sport and the typical is three years,” Heyward added. “However coming off some accidents through the season, it was a testomony to even get to the playoffs.”
Heyward nonetheless has yet one more yr left on his deal if he desires to provide it one other go at making a run to the Tremendous Bowl. He thinks Pittsburgh has the group to contend for one, which is the one factor that retains him coming again.
“I believe the group right here, collectively, is a robust group that may win a Tremendous Bowl,” Heyward acknowledged. “I’ve a number of need for that. That is the factor that bugs me probably the most at night time, not having a chance to win a Tremendous Bowl.”
Solely time will inform what Heyward will determine, however he might wait and see what the Steelers plan to do at head coach. Some consider that Mike Tomlin’s future with the group is up within the air after its fifth straight playoff loss.
Nevertheless, Heyward would not even think about enjoying for anybody else.
“Each participant in there would not be something with out Mike T. This group wouldn’t perform to even get to a playoff berth with out Mike T.,” Heyward completed. “I do not need to play for every other coach.”