Cam Heyward may have received the best present of all this Christmas, as his mother Charlotte gifted him a portrait of the Steelers defensive end alongside his late father Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.
The tremendous pencil portrait is the work of local artist Alex Nicholson, who Charlotte commissioned to create the heartwarming gift.
Merry Christmas, @CamHeyward !! it was an honor to do this pencil portrait for one of the best in the NFL. Thank you to @charheyward for the amazing opportunity! God bless and go Steelers! @97heywardhouse #HereWeGo @steelers #steelers pic.twitter.com/2NtbaclBIo— Alex Nicholson (@anicholson6) December 25, 2020
“Ironhead” played eleven seasons in the NFL as a running back and fullback, rushing for 4,301 yards and 30 touchdowns.
His career was tragically cut short in 1998 when he was diagnosed with cancer, the disease that would take his life eight years later.
Currently in his tenth season with the Steelers, Cam has undoubtedly made his father proud with his work on and off the field.
Cam has 49 total tackles, six tackles-for-loss, three sacks and an interception, and was named to his fourth-straight Pro Bowl just last week. He is also a two-time First-Team All-Pro selection.
Nicholson has garnered some internet fame over the last few months, earning praise for his portraits of Pittsburgh sports figures, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Penguins legends Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby and even 93.7 The Fan host and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook.
My finished colored pencil portrait of my favorite Steeler of all time. Comeback player of the year, Big Ben Roethlisberger! @_BigBen7 @steelers @gabbgoudy @fsmikey @FSBigBob @colin_dunlap @ColinCowherd @Switz @realrclark25 pic.twitter.com/ilqsvU9gpI— Alex Nicholson (@anicholson6) November 18, 2020
Myron Cope Invented the Terrible Towel 45 Years Ago Today
Today marks a special day in Pittsburgh sports history, as the Terrible Towel celebrates its 45th birthday.
Created by legendary sports broadcaster Myron Cope on Dec. 27, 1975, the Terrible Towel has become an icon and the perfect backdrop to some of the biggest moments in Pittsburgh Steelers history.
Since its inception, the Towel has seen five Super Bowls, seven AFC Championships and 20 division titles.
Cope was attempting to excite the fan base ahead of a playoff game when he came up with the idea, imploring fans to bring their yellow dish towels to the game and wave them with pride.
Who was the Steelers’ opponent that day? The Baltimore Colts.
Now 45 years later, the Steelers battle the Colts again with significant playoff implications on the line.
Although they will not be permitted inside Heinz Field this afternoon, the Steeler faithful will still be cheering on their team and waving their Terrible Towels from afar.
Steelers, Convoy of Hope Partner to Help Families in Need
With so many struggling to put food on the table amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Convoy of Hope are banning together and lending a helping hand this holiday season.
For the second-straight year, the Steelers and the organization are teaming up to provide 1,000 Pittsburgh families with assistance as part of their “Huddle for the Holidays” initiative from Dec. 8-9, the club announced in a press release Wednesday.
They will be distributing resources and supplies to these families in need, including groceries, winter clothes, water, face masks, hand sanitizer, toys and books, distributed through local partners the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Veterans Leadership Program and Action Housing.
Long-time Steelers partner and donors United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Embrace Pittsburgh, Pepsi and Giant Eagle are also assisting in the event and providing support.
“We are thankful for our continued partnership with Convoy of Hope. In a season marked by the spirit of giving, we are honored to assist families in our community with food and supplies, and we are grateful for our local partners who are helping us reach those in need,” Director of Community Relations for the Pittsburgh Steelers Blayre Holmes Davis said in the statement.
“Convoy of Hope is proud to partner with the Pittsburgh Steelers to reach families in the Pittsburgh community by sending food and supplies,” Convoy of Hope Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Roger Flessing added. “The Steelers organization consistently displays a big heart for their city and fans, and we are honored to come alongside them this holiday season.”
A faith-based organization with a “driving passion to feed the world,” Convoy of Hope has provided over 150 million meals this year alone in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cam Heyward and Vince Williams on Sparking Change, Equality
Steelers leaders Cam Heyward and Vince Williams articulate what they can do in their effort to spark change and create equality, especially in the Pittsburgh community.
Heyward and Williams held a joint Zoom session with members of the media, including Mike Asti, the morning after head coach Mike Tomlin gave an impassioned speech to open practice.
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