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Cam Heyward Excited for 2024, Likes Steelers Offseason Moves

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward is excited about the future and likes the team’s 2024 offseason moves.

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward with Little Caesars Love Kitchen on May 11, 2024. -- Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward is seeking a new contract with the team, that he hopes will extend his stay in Pittsburgh beyond the 2024 season, but he sees the potential in the moves the Steelers made this offseason, and is excited for this coming season with the team.

Heyward helped recruit Russell Wilson to the Steelers, taking part in his free agency visit, and it’s no surprise that he thinks the veteran two-time Super Bowl winner has brought a whole lot to the table, even before the season has started.

“I think just the professionalism,” Heyward said to Steelers Now. “There’s a method to his madness. He’s very savvy about being a football player. But what he can provide to the group is very vital.”

Will that extra level of professionalism and experience translate to more wins? Heyward isn’t making any promises, but he likes the potential of the team as it’s been constructed.

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward on Nov. 21, 2022. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

“Only time will tell,” he said. “I don’t want to walk before we crawl. The main thing is just trying to be better. I think the changes that have come about will help and will continue to keep helping. I’m excited about what we have going and coming up.”

Heyward hosted an episode of his Not Just Football Podcast with four of the team’s newest draft picks, offensive linemen Troy Fautanu and Zach Frazier, receiver Roman Wilson and linebacker Payton Wilson.

“All great guys,” Hayward said. “It’s really cool to see how hungry they are. How excited they are. But they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. It’s gonna be fun to get reacquainted and once we get to training camp, go full tilt.”

Frazier, in particular, might get a healthy dose of Heyward at training camp this summer, with the veteran defensive tackle lining up over the interior of the first-team offensive line.

“You look for that mettle to happen, iron sharpening iron,” Heyward said. “If we can get to work in practice, it’s going to make us better in the games.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cam Heyward, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner speaks during the NFL Honors award show ahead of the Super Bowl 58 football game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Las Vegas. The San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 58 on Sunday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NOT SLOWING DOWN

Cam Heyward was born in Pittsburgh, and though he grew up in the Atlanta area, he has always considered Pittsburgh to be a part of his home. He’s also made sure to make giving back to that community a big part of his presence here as a pro.

For those efforts, Heyward won the 2023 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is something of a lifetime achievement when it comes to community service and on-field excellence.

But with the award in possession, Heyward isn’t planning on slowing down in terms of his commitment to giving back. Last weekend, while the Steelers rookies were at minicamp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Heyward and his family were partnering with Little Caesars Love Kitchen, which donates food to communities in need all over the country.

“There’s just a responsibility there,” Heyward said. “It’s cool to win an award, but being back in the community, that’s the bread and butter. Partnering with Little Caesars and having a relationship like this where we can kill two birds with one stone and give back, I think that’s … I can’t pass that up.”