Steelers DT Cam Heyward Represents Father in Pitt Hall of Fame Ceremony
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward honored his late father during a ceremony during Pitt’s game against Clemson on Saturday.
Heyward donned the No. 34 jersey of his father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward and took part in a ceremony that honored the inductees in the 2020 and 2021 classes of the Pitt Hall of Fame.
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.
Forward Jennifer Bruce, runner Chantee Earl, running back and linebacker Bobby Grier, point guard Brandin Knight, third baseman Ken Macha, running back Curtis Martin, center Bob Peck, football coach Jackie Sherrill, runner Arnie Sowell and football coach Glenn “Pop” Warner were also honored in the induction ceremony Friday night at Heinz Field and recognized in the ceremony during the game on Saturday.
Heyward also wore his father’s jersey to a Steelers game on what would have his been his 55th birthday on Sept. 26.
Steelers DL Cam Heyward Honors Late Father Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward on Birthday