Heyward and Bryant Earn Steelers' 2014 Pro Football Writers Awards

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heywardand wide receiver Martavis Bryantwere named the 2014 recipients of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pro Football Writers of America's annual awards.

Heyward received the Pro Football Writers' "The Chief Award," which was established in honor of Steelers' founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr., and is presented annually to the Steeler that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media.

Heyward, in his fourth NFL season, has established a single-season career-best with 6.5 sacks and is currently tied for the team lead in sacks this season. He has never missed a game in his NFL career and his current streak of 63 consecutive games played is tied for the third-longest active streak among defensive ends in the NFL. Heyward's career numbers include 14.0 sacks, 11 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Bryant, the Steelers' fourth-round draft selection in 2014, received the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award," given annually to the Steelers top rookie. Bryant has seen action in nine games with two starts and has recorded 25 receptions for 528 yards and seven touchdowns. He has five receptions of 40 yards on the season, including touchdowns of 94 and 80 yards. His 94-yard touchdown reception on December 7th at Cincinnati was the second-longest pass play in team history. Earlier this season, Bryant set an NFL record with six receiving touchdowns in a player's first four games in the league.

A listing of the award winners include:

"Joe Greene Great Performance Award" Winners:

1984WR Louis Lipps2000FB Dan Kreider
1985P Harry Newsome2001LB Kendrell Bell
1986LB Anthony Henton2002OG Kendall Simmons
1987CB Delton Hall2003S Troy Polamalu
1988RB Warren Williams2004QB Ben Roethlisberger
1989SS Carnell Lake2005TE Heath Miller
1990TE Eric Green2006WR Santonio Holmes
1991TE Adrian Cooper2007P Daniel Sepulveda
1992FS Darren Perry2008LB Patrick Bailey
1993LB Chad Brown2009WR Mike Wallace
1994RB Bam Morris2010C Maurkice Pouncey
1995QB Kordell Stewart2011OT Marcus Gilbert
1996FB Jon Witman2012

OT Mike Adams1997CB Chad Scott2013

RB Le'Veon Bell1998OG Alan Faneca2014WR Martavis Bryant1999WR Troy Edwards

"The Chief Award" Winners:

1988Dan Rooney2002Hines Ward
1989Dwayne Woodruff2003Mike Logan
1990Merril Hoge2004Jerome Bettis
1991Gerald Williams2005Alan Faneca
1992Tunch Ilkin2006Brett Keisel
1993D.J. JohnsonDeshea Townsend
1994Rod Woodson2007Alan Faneca
1995Levon Kirkland2008Ryan Clark
1996Chad Brown2009James Farrior
1997Darren Perry2010Ben Roethlisberger
1998Jerome Bettis2011James Farrior
1999Lee Flowers2012Casey Hampton
2000Jerome Bettis2013Ike Taylor
2001Lee Flowers2014Cam Heyward

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