Joe Haden Recipient of Chief Award

Steelers CB honored for cooperation with media

Josh Rowntree
December 26, 2018 - 4:41 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates a win against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field.

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Steelers cornerback Joe Haden has been named the recipient of the 2018 Chief Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media and is selected by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.

“At the end of the day, I just want to make sure I do the best that I can to make sure that I get the information to you. 

Win, lose or draw, my dad always told me to never get too high when you’re doing good, never let them get too low when you’re down. Always try to stay as even-keeled as possible, so you can always be who you are and stay humble.”

The award, named after Steelers founder Art Rooney, has been presented annually since 1988. 

“It’s from since I was a kid. I was raised by my mom and dad very, very well. My grandfather’s been a pastor for 50 years, my dad’s been a pastor for five years. So just treat people the way you want to be treated.”

Haden, acquired before last season after being released by the Cleveland Browns, was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his 12 tackles and interception of Tom Brady in Pittsburgh’s 17-10 win over the Patriots. 

“You go from the Patriots game, where I thought I was the man, then you go to the New Orleans game where it’s not quite so much. But you understand what it is. I gave my best effort, I tried my hardest.”

Other current Steelers to receiver the award, named after Steelers founder Art Rooney, are David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Cam Heyward and Ben Roethlisberger.

Hear all of what Joe Haden had to say below.