The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with Heyward, their first-round draft pick.|||||||
The 6-foot-5, 288-pound Heyward is part of a youth movement along Pittsburgh's aging defensive line. Heyward signed in time to join the rest of the team for practice on Friday afternoon. The 22-year-old Heyward, who was born in Pittsburgh, called it a life-long dream to play for the Steelers and an "honor" to play on the "best" defensive line in the league.
The defending AFC champion Steelers selected Heyward with the 31st pick of the NFL Draft. The Ohio State defensive lineman is the son of the late Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, the former NFL and University of Pittsburgh running back who finished fifth in the 1987 Heisman Trophy balloting.|||||||
Cameron Heyward was born in Pittsburgh, still has plenty of family in the city and spent his early years in the suburbs. In addition to his former All-American father, Heyward has an uncle who played at Pitt. Heyward even said he has a Terrible Towel. "I had always loved the team," Heyward said. "I'm from there, my grandparents are from there, my mom's from there. My gut feeling was I wanted to be in Pittsburgh."