PITTSBURGH — Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward honored his late father on his birthday on Sunday by wearing his college football jersey while walking into Heinz Field before his team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Heyward’s father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward would have turned 55 on Sunday and Cam Heyward honored his late father by wearing his blue and gold Pitt No. 34 jersey.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 26, 2021
Ironhead was a powerful running back and fullback that racked up over 3,000 yards in three seasons with the Panthers from 1985 to 1987. In his junior season, he had 1,791 yards and 12 touchdowns while earning All-American status. His powerful running style made him a popular player and also a sought-after athlete at the next level.
He was drafted in the first round by the New Orleans Saints and had 4,301 yards and 30 touchdowns in his 11-year pro career. Heyward’s career was shortened by a tumor, the recurrence of which took his life at age 39 in 2006.