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🏈 Wednesday was declared ‘Cam Heyward Day‘ in the City of Pittsburgh, honoring the 2023 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey and Pittsburgh City Council presented him with a proclamation for his work that has benefited so many in the city.

“I just want to thank you for all of the work that you have done,” said Gainey. “You have done a lot of work in the city. I am appreciative, because it speaks volumes of how you use your platform. I always think you should use your platform to uplift other people, and you have done that. I just want to personally say thank you.

“And I like the way you tackle quarterbacks. I appreciate that.”

Gainey went on to read the proclamation honoring Heyward for winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, recognizing him for his on and off the field efforts.

“Thank you to Mayor Gainey, (City) Council, and everybody out here today,” Heyward said. “When I talk about using my platform to draw awareness or help others out, that’s not accomplished without a village behind me. It’s not done without people taking an effort to give back. I would like to think I am a representative of that.

“I am very appreciative of this proclamation. When I tell my kids today is Cam Heyward Day, they might freak out a little bit and hopefully I can get a cupcake on top of that. My kids, I am just trying to show them the way and I am trying to lead my family and provide for them a model of how to represent your city. Not everybody gets to be a Pittsburgh Steeler, but when you are a Pittsburgh Steeler, there is a level of consistency, a standard to be held and a responsibility to the city. That is something I will always do. We’ve got a lot more work to do, and I am looking forward to doing it.”

🏈 On Wednesday, former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch hosted local dignitaries, including Steelers president Art Rooney II, for the ribbon cutting for the new home for the Best of the Batch Foundation.

“It’s been a long time coming and a lot of conversations and talking about the vision and trying to bring this to fruition,” Batch said. “To finally come to the finish line, it’s exciting. From the original vision for the building, to what it is now, I hope as people walk through it, they can see everything that we explained throughout the process and how it came to life. We hope people can see why the kids now don’t want to leave the building when they come here.”

🏈 Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson was featured in Essence magazine.

🏈 Wednesday marked the ninth anniversary of when Steelers legend Troy Polamalu announced his retirement.

🏈 Actor and Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello got a Color Rush Patrick Queen jersey.

🏈 An arrest warrant has been issued for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice in connection to his involvement in a multi-vehicle crash in Dallas late last month, per WFAA in Dallas. He faces 6 counts.

🏈 NFL.com: Former Baltimore Ravens star defender Terrell Suggs was arrested on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, on charges of threatening and intimidating, and disorderly conduct with a weapon stemming from a March 10 incident outside of a local Starbucks, according to police records.

According to a police incident report, Suggs, 41, was driving a black Range Rover that had driven past the drive-thru order area. Upon backing his vehicle up, Suggs allegedly made contact with another vehicle. While there was no damage to the vehicle, an argument ensued, per the report. According to police, a second argument ensued as Suggs left the Starbucks, and Suggs allegedly threatened to kill the alleged victim and brandished a handgun in his left hand.

The police report stated that Suggs did not point the weapon at the alleged victim, but the victim believed he was being threatened.

Suggs said on Wednesday in a statement to TMZ that he acted in self defense.

“I was in a quiet area of Scottsdale in the middle of the day in a Starbucks drive-thru near my home when an incident happened with a vehicle behind me. I was getting coffee, I was not looking for any trouble,” Suggs said. “When the man in the other vehicle escalated the situation, I feared for my safety not knowing what his intentions were. Throughout the incident, I was the one who felt in danger, while fearing I would be followed home and for the safety of my family nearby at my residence.”

πŸŽ₯ Steelers quarterback Justin Fields continues to put in work this offseason.

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