QB Mitch Trubisky named one of five Steelers captains

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their captains for 2022, selecting five players to represent the rest of the roster this season. The five are: QB Mitch Trubisky, RB Najee Harris, DL Cam Heyward, OLB TJ Watt and S Miles Killebrew. Trubisky and Harris represent the attack, Heyward and Watt the defense and Killebrew’s special teams. Team captains are elected by their teammates.

Watt and Heyward are back as captains. Heyward has been one for eight consecutive years while Watt was named captain for the first time in 2020. He was not named team captain in 2021. Speaking to Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley, Heyward said said he never took his captaincy for granted.

“I don’t take that for granted. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with it. You want to be an extension of your teammates. I want to represent them in the right way. I want to be responsible. I want others to be responsible and make sure everything goes well.

Harris, Killebrew and Trubisky are all new Steelers captains. Trubisky, of course, was signed from Buffalo this offseason. Although Mike Tomlin hasn’t officially announced a starting quarterback, Trubisky’s selection as captain is another sign that he will be the starting quarterback for Week 1. Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference tomorrow and could make a statement then, although he’s been coy about the team’s starter all summer.

Speaking to reporters after practice today, Trubisky discussed being named captain via this tweet from The Trib’s Chris Adamski.

“It obviously means a lot. I just come here and try to lead by example…it certainly means a lot. It is a huge honor. I was just me. I think I come here every day, work my tail, obviously show knowledge of the offense. I just think I’m a great teammate and a great leader. Be someone younger people look up to. Just a guy who wants the best for the team.

Harris was challenged to take on a stronger leadership role, particularly after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. Harris will be the center point of the Steelers offense this season and while not the most vocal player, he leads by example with a tremendous work ethic and maturity brought to the game. Heyward also commented on the Harris’ first time as team captain.

“He’s going to be that guy years later, you’re going to say Steelers captain Najee Harris over and over again,” he told Varley.

Killebrew is a core multi-phase special team that had a strong 2021 season, blocking a pair of punts. He re-signed a two-year contract with the team this offseason. He’s been battling a pectoral injury all summer, but appears to be in good shape for Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Killebrew replaces Derek Watt as special teams captain this year.

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