Cam Heyward has ties to the NFL before his days with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, played 11 seasons in the league for five different teams. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2006 after battling cancer.
One of the teams Heyward’s father played for was the Atlanta Falcons, who happened to be the Week 13 opponent of the Steelers. His younger brother and teammate, Connor, scored his first career touchdown on Sunday, and seeing as the Steelers were in Atlanta, it was a special moment for the Heyward boys.
Although neither brother ever forget Connor’s score, Cam got extremely emotional afterward, and it was what happened on Sunday morning that caused it.
“This morning, me and him went to my dad’s grave and we got to share a moment there. So I was already pretty emotional when he got the touchdown,” Heyward said wearing his dad’s Falcons jersey. “I don’t like to be Mr. Softy, but like, that really hit me. Luckily there wasn’t a camera on me, because I was a mess.
“I don’t like to be the soppy person, but it was one of those moments. Back home, this is where they had the Peach Bowl last year, and he got his touchdown here. I like to think God and my Dad are always working together.”
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The Heyward brothers had plenty of support with 30 friends and family in attendance. Not only did they see Connor cross the goal line for the first time, but his touchdown was eerily similar to his dad’s first NFL score in 1988.
This is really cool. Comparing Connor Heyward's first career TD catch to his father Craig Heyward's first one. Got behind the defense down the right seam for the score.— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) December 4, 2022
Like father, like son. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/BksGgjE6cJ
Heyward’s score gave the Steelers a 13-3 lead, and they held on to a 19-16 win. He spoke about his first trip to pay dirt.
“It was everything,” Heyward said. “It was really cool. The ball was in the air and my heart kind of dropped, like, ‘Oh, it’s coming to me.’ But just glad I made the play. Glad everybody, all the other 10 guys on that play did their job.”
The Heyward boys made some NFL history on Sunday as well. They became the first set of brothers since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to record a sack and a touchdown in the same game for the same team.
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