Special Day for Heyward’s in Atlanta

Emotional day begins with visit to father’s gravesite

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Wearing an Atlanta Falcons number 34 jersey in honor of his father Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward, Steelers Defensive Captain Cam Heyward stepped to a post-game podium to describe what a special day Sunday was, and not just because the Steelers won.

It started with Cam and his brother Connor getting up early and leaving the team Sunday in Atlanta.

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“This morning me and him went to my dad’s grave,” Heyward told reporters following the 19-16 win. “We got to share a moment there. I was pretty emotional when he got the touchdown. I don’t like to be Mr. Soppy, but that really hit me. Luckily there wasn’t a camera on me because I was a mess.”

“It was one of those moments back home. This is where they had the Peach Bowl and he had a touchdown here (for Michigan State last December). I like to think God and my dad are always working together.”

“It was special, Cam talked to the team before,” said Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. “I talked to Connor when we were walking out of the tunnel. We were going to get the win for his Pops today. For him to go out there and get his first touchdown in this building.
It’s incredibly special.”

“It’s not a coincidence, I think everything happens for a reason. I’m incredibly proud of him. I’m really happy we got the win for both of those guys.”

Connor had the 17-yard touchdown reception, but his brother also made an impact. The elder Heyward with a big third-down sack to hold the Falcons to a field goal, the defensive lineman would finish with the fourth-most tackles on the team Sunday.

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