Steelers’ Cam Heyward blown away by how his father is being honored in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward has long served as a franchise centerpiece for this team. However, there are certain parts of town where even his legend pales in comparison to his father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.
Heyward’s father is slated to be inducted into Pitt’s Hall of Fame this year. Although he admitted to having vague memories of his playing days during an appearance on NFL Network, there is no denying the impact he had on the city to this day, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
“It’s unbelievable. Not being able to see my dad play . . . I’ve got a couple YouTube clips of him here and there, and he was a terror on the field. He left a lasting impact on football in the city of Pittsburgh,” Cam Heyward said.
Cam Heyward added that he is happy to see reminders of bis father’s legacy.
“He has a legacy that will live on and I’m happy to see him go in,” he said.
Cam Heyward led the nation in rushing en route to being named a consensus All-American in 1987. He passed away of cancer in 2006 at the age of 39 and will now be enshrined with the induction ceremony scheduled to take place in October 17, with his son in attendance.
Cam Heyward now thrives in Pittsburgh as his father did, managing to effectively further the legacy he had established by becoming a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro. There could be an added sense of motivation for him when the Steelers play the Cleveland Browns In Heinz Field the day after the Pitt Hall of Fame induction ceremony.