Darrius Heyward-Bey

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Darrius Heyward-Bey
Darrius Heyward-Bey Raiders.JPG
At a game in Denver in October, 2010.
No. 85     Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-26) February 26, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Silver Spring, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Debuted in 2009 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • All-ACC honorable mention (2008)
  • All-ACC second-team (2006)
  • Sporting News first-team freshman All-America (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2014
Receptions 172
Receiving yards 2,413
Receiving average 14.0
Receiving TDs 12
Stats at NFL.com

Darrius Ramar Heyward-Bey[1] (born February 26, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders seventh overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Maryland. Heyward-Bey has also played for the Indianapolis Colts.

Early years[edit]

Heyward-Bey attended the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, where he played football as a wide receiver and linebacker. During his senior year, he earned first-team all-state honors and was named a PrepStar All-American.

Track and field[edit]

In track and field, Heyward-Bey finished fifth at nationals as a junior and was the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) champion in the 100 meters, with a time of 10.44 seconds and in the 200 meters, with a time of 22.44 seconds.[2] He also ran a 60 meters indoor time of 6.83 seconds his junior year and 6.82 seconds his senior year, that joint 6th and joint 4th fastest times in the nation respectively.[3] He also posted a personal best of 6.38 seconds in the 55 meters. He ran career-bests times of 10.3 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.10 seconds in the 200 meters at the 2005 IAAM Championships.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.82 Landover, Maryland January 8, 2005
100 meters 10.30[4] Towson, Maryland May 11, 2005
200 meters 21.10 Towson, Maryland May 11, 2005

College career[edit]

Heyward-Bey greets Maryland fans in 2008.

Heyward-Bey was recruited by Alabama, Boston College, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia, before ultimately choosing to attend Maryland.

He spent 2005 on redshirt status. In 2006, he ran a 4.23-second 40-yard dash, which set the school record for a wide receiver. That season, he was considered one of the top rookies in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and earned first-team freshman All-America from the Sporting News and Rivals.com. He led the Terps with 45 receptions, and set a school record for a freshman with 694 receiving yards.[5]

Darrius Heyward-Bey runs an end-around during the Terps' 51-24 victory over Eastern Michigan, September 20, 2008.

In 2007, Heyward-Bey was placed on the Biletnikoff Award watchlist. He led Maryland in receptions, with 51, and receiving yards, with 786. His 63-yard touchdown reception in the 2007 Emerald Bowl against Oregon State stands as the second-longest in Maryland bowl history. At season's end, Heyward-Bey was awarded the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player honor.[2]

During his junior season in 2008, he made 42 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns, and earned an All-ACC honorable mention. On January 7, 2009, Heyward-Bey announced that he would forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.[6] He finished his career at Maryland second in school history in career receiving yards with 2,089, third in receptions with 138 and tied for third in touchdown catches with 13. In just three years, he was second only to Jermaine Lewis in receiving yards.[7]

College statistics[edit]

 Maryland Receiving Rushing
Season Games Rec Yds Avg Lg TD Att Yds Avg Lg TD
2006 13 45 694 15.4 96 5 5 14 2.8 9 0
2007 13 51 786 15.4 63 3 5 110 21.4 54 1
2008 12 42 609 14.5 80 5 15 202 13.5 76 1
Total 37 138 1,958 15.1 96 13 25 326 13.0 76 2

Professional career[edit]

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

In the 2009 NFL Draft, Heyward-Bey was selected by the Oakland Raiders as the seventh overall pick. As the first wide receiver selected, he was picked earlier than most projections, and before Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin, who most analysts thought would precede Heyward-Bey.[8] At the 2009 NFL Combine, he recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.30 seconds.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 210 lb 4.30 s 1.44 s 2.50 s 4.18 s 6.80 s 38½ in 10 ft 6 in 16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10][11]

Oakland Raiders[edit]


During Organized Team Activities following the draft, Heyward-Bey practiced early but was plagued by multiple hamstring injuries. On July 30, 2009, the Oakland Raiders agreed to terms on a five-year deal with Heyward-Bey. As a rookie, Heyward-Bey started 11 games. In those games, he made nine receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown and rushed twice for 20 yards.[12] He averaged 11.3 yards per reception in 2009.[13]


In 2010, Heyward-Bey started 14 of his 15 games. He made 26 receptions over 366 yards and made one touchdown.[12] On September 19 against the St. Louis Rams, Heyward-Bey made a career-high six receptions.[12] In the first half of that game, he caught one for 6 yards from Jason Campbell, and Heyward-Bey made all five of his other receptions in the second half from passes by Bruce Gradkowski. Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Heyward-Bey's performance that game as a marked improvement from the preseason.[14] Then on October 31 in a 33-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Heyward-Bey made a career-long 69-yard touchdown reception from Campbell, part of a career high of 105 receiving yards in that game.[15] Nearly double last year's average, Heyward-Bey averaged 24.4 yards per catch.[13]


On October 2, 2011, in the Raiders' 31-19 loss to the New England Patriots, Heyward-Bey made 4 receptions for 115 yards, including a 58-yard grab. Over the next three games, he would receive for 99 (October 9 against Houston Texans), 82 (October 16 against Cleveland Browns), and 89 (October 23 against Kansas City Chiefs) yards. On December 18, 2011, in a 28-27 loss to the Detroit Lions, Heyward-Bey made 8 receptions for 155 yards, both career highs, and the most single game receiving yards for the Raiders since Jerry Rice in 2003.[16] However, on December 24, the Raiders won over the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 in overtime. Heyward-Bey caught a 53-yard pass from Carson Palmer during overtime to set up Sebastian Janikowski's winning field goal. Heyward-Bey made a total of 4 receptions for 70 yards in that game.[17] On January 1, during a loss to the San Diego Chargers, Heyward-Bey caught 9 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.[18]


On September 23, 2012, in the fourth quarter of a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heyward-Bey was unconscious after being hit in the endzone by the Steelers' Ryan Mundy. He was down motionless in the endzone for more than 10 minutes before being placed in the ambulance to the Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Heyward-Bey was released from the hospital the next day, and was expected to make a full recovery. Mundy would be later fined for the hit.

Heyward-Bey was released by the Raiders on March 13, 2013.[19]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]


Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with the Indianapolis Colts on April 1, 2013.[20][21] Heyward-Bey finished the season with 29 receptions for 309 yards and a touchdown.[22]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]


On April 2, 2014, Heyward-Bey signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[23]


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Player Bio: Darrius Heyward-Bey". umterps.com. CBS Interactive. February 18, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/lists/2005/prep_in_m.html
  4. ^ http://md.milesplit.com/meets/11486/results/25133
  5. ^ Freshman Record for Receiving Yards
  6. ^ Heyward-Bey to skip senior season, ESPN, January 7, 2009.
  7. ^ Heyward-Bey to Forgo Senior Year, University of Maryland, 7 January 2009.
  8. ^ Raiders take Heyward-Bey over Crabtree, Maclin, CBS Sports, April 25, 2009.
  9. ^ Michael Crabtree falls to 49ers at tenth overall, says he's best wide out, New York Daily News, April 26, 2009.
  10. ^ "Darrius Heyward-Bey Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved March 3, 2010 .
  11. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/darrius-heyward-bey?id=80427
  12. ^ a b c "Darrius Heyward-Bey". Oakland Raiders. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Darrius Heyward-Bey career stats". NFL. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  14. ^ Tafur, Vittorio (September 20, 2010). "Heyward-Bey shows signs of catching on". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. B9. 
  15. ^ "Raiders shut down Seahawks as Jason Campbell leads Oakland to .500". Associated Press. October 31, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Darrius Heyward-Bey 2011 game log". NFL. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Raiders bounce Chiefs in OT to stay in playoff picture". AP. December 24, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=320101013
  19. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 12, 2013). "Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff cut by Raiders". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  20. ^ The Colts have agreed to terms with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey
  21. ^ Hanzus, Dan (April 1, 2013). "Darrius Heyward-Bey lands with Indianapolis Colts". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  22. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HeywDa00.htm
  23. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/04/02/Steelers-sign-veteran-wide-receiver-Heyward-Bey/stories/201404020153

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