Pro Bowl ballots won't be counted for another month. That doesn't mean some early campaigning isn't being done in the Steelers locker room on behalf of their defensive captain.

“Cam Heyward for Pro Bowl!” a teammate yelled as he walked past Heyward's locker after the Steelers' win against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Heyward couldn't suppress a sheepish smile.

But that was far from the only teammate expressing such a sentiment in the wake of Heyward's two-sack game that helped fuel a dominant 40-17 victory.

“We need to get him (to the Pro Bowl),” fellow defensive end Stephon Tuitt said.

“He should be a Pro Bowler,” said linebacker Bud Dupree. “Absolutely.”

And while the Pro Bowl has lost much of its cachet to fans, being named to the AFC roster would mean a lot to Heyward, a seventh-year pro.

“Yes, I'd love to be recognized for it,” Heyward said. “Recognized from my peers, my coaches, coaches and players around the league, and the fans. It's something that I strive for.”

Heyward's path to a Pro Bowl roster spot is difficult because of the position he plays (3-4 defensive end), so earning such recognition would be all the more gratifying.