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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) shares a laugh with head coach Mike Tomlin during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Peachtree Ridge grad Cam Heyward has reached a massive contract extension to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The defensive lineman, a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro selection, finalized a five-year, $75.1 million extension with the Steelers, a league source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler late Sunday night. The deal reportedly includes the last year of his current contract, along with $65.6 million in new money, and features the highest per-year average for any defensive player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

Heyward, 31, has played his entire NFL career with the Steelers, who made him a first-round pick in the 2011 draft. He has 54 career sacks — nine last season.

In addition to being an anchor of the Steelers’ defense and a team captain, he is the team’s NFL Players Association representative and is deeply rooted in the Pittsburgh area with community service work through his Heyward House foundation. He was a finalist for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Heyward also has remained close with his alma mater, Peachtree Ridge, recently outfitting the new Heyward Performance Center at the high school with workout equipment.

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