PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward says he has decided not to wear his eye black with the words memorializing his father, “Iron Head,” any more.
In a statement he posted to Twitter Tuesday night, Heyward said he doesn’t want to be a distraction.READ MORE: Parents Frustrated After Violent Week Across Pittsburgh Public Schools
“I consider myself a team player and someone who puts others before myself, and I don’t want to be a distraction to my teammates or the Steelers organization. With that, I will not be writing on my eye black going forward anymore.”
Instead, he plans to honor his dad in other ways.
Heyward says he has teamed up with a company called EyeBlack, and will sell pre-designed “Iron Head” eye blacks with 50 percent of the proceeds going to charity.READ MORE: Vigil For COVID-19 Victims Held In Westmoreland County
Read the full statement here:
“Iron Head” was the nickname for Cam’s father, Craig Heyward, who passed away from brain cancer in 2006.
Last week, Heyward was fined by the NFL for a violating their policy.
Heyward isn’t alone in the Steelers’ locker room either. Earlier this year, running back DeAngelo Williams was told he couldn’t wear pink for the entire season to honor his mother and four aunts who passed away from breast cancer.MORE NEWS: GetGo Cashier Left Bruised, Scared After Attack In Store