When CBS Sports' Pete Prisco unveiled his annual Top 100 ranking of the best players in the NFL, one omission drew a stronger reaction than any other: that of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who went All-Pro in 2019 as a starring member of the Steelers' highly-acclaimed defense. Not only was Fitzpatrick deemed the biggest snub of Prisco's list, but the Pro Bowler himself couldn't help but react, tweeting this week that he'd use the ranking as "fuel" for 2020.
On Saturday, Fitzpatrick took his defense a step further, joining current Steelers teammate Cameron Heyward for an interview with former Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden on CBS Sports HQ.
"Usually I don't pay attention to the media, because a lot of it is just opinion," the former Miami Dolphins standout told McFadden. "Honestly, I laughed at it. It's whatever. He thinks he's right ... and then I was trying to get myself fired up before a workout, so I kept watching the video ... I really shouldn't have (responded), but it got me fired up. It worked."
Heyward, a three-time Pro Bowler, called Fitzpatrick one of the leaders on Pittsburgh's defense -- a unit aiming "not just to be a top-five defense but to be No. 1" in 2020 -- and was even more blunt about Prisco's ranking.