How Cam Heyward Will Honor His Father at Monday’s Game

Steelers defensive tackle advocates for cancer research during “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign.

Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward plans to commemorate his father by wearing decorated cleats at Monday’s game against the Washington Football Team.

It’s part of a campaign begun in 2016 by the NFL called “My Cause, My Cleats” in which players can represent a chosen organization on custom-designed cleats that are then auctioned off to raise money for the organizations.

Heyward partnered with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. His cleats feature the faces of his father, Craig Heyward, and V Foundation co-founder Jim Valvano, a legendary college basketball coach and ESPN announcer who died of cancer at age 47.

“The Jimmy V Foundation represents the perseverance and strive for moving cancer research forward. As the people running the foundation want to make Jimmy V proud, I want the same on behalf of my dad who also suffered from cancer. Hopefully, we continue to make them proud. It is a true honor to work with the Jimmy V Foundation,” Cam says.

Cam’s dad, Craig “IronHead” Heyward, played for the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted into the NFL by the New Orleans Saints. He went on to play for four other teams and was also a Pro Bowler in his 11 seasons in the NFL. Craig was diagnosed with brain cancer and died in 2006 at the age of 39.

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