Current Pittsburgh Steelers compared to Thanksgiving dinner dishes

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90)
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The Steelers stuffing: Cameron Heyward

I almost put the three Steelers defensive stars in as the turkey, but I think that there is a better way to break this down. Cameron Heyward has a special spot on this plate as well as he is the stuffing (or dressing, depending on what you call it).

For the longest time, stuffing seemed to be the forgotten hero of the Thanksgiving plate. Despite being savory and herbaceous, people always flocked to the potatoes and turkey before giving stuffing it’s time to shine. Thankfully, this delectable side dish is not rightfully seen as one of the best of the holiday. Before being so heavily praised, stuffing was the favorite dish of only a select few people.

Heyward is a very similar player. While it took him a few years to get his feet under him, he quickly developed into a star on this defense. A transition from the old breed of defensive lineman, Heyward dominates opposing offenses as a pass rusher and a run stuffer.

Despite becoming a superstar though, it took a while for the national praise to come in. Fans eventually backed him as a star of this defense. It took too long, but the national media also finally backed Heyward. Now, and rightfully so, Heyward is viewed as a lynchpin of this defense and a necessary piece on an otherwise lackluster defensive line.

For the longest time, both stuffing and Heyward were seen as underrated pieces of their respective teams. While not the top stars, both are constantly people’s favorites, and understandably so. It may have taken a while for the fandom to come around, but both are equally deserving of their praise.