That doesn’t mean the Steelers defensive end has forgotten his roots.
Heyward’s inspiration to play football came from his late father. Craig Ironhead Heyward not only forged an 11-year career (1988-98) as a big-bodied running back. His size and fun-loving personality also helped Hayward become a cult figure whose popularity led to a memorable soap commercial.
Although his father died from cancer in 2006 at age 39, Cam Heyward said Wednesday he continues to hear fun stories about Ironhead to this day.
Just a couple weeks ago, a woman was able to hand me some photos of my dad from when he was in college, Heyward told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. One of them was with him wearing these short, skinny jean shorts.
Aside from the Cousins situation, Green endorses the recent youth movement in Washington, as well as the changing of its locker room culture. The Redskins over the past couple seasons have gone the way of building through the draft and also have found pieces via undrafted free agency.
In particular, Green likes the fact that his old team has eschewed some of the trouble-makers on the roster.
Character is a big thing for Green, now 57. In his partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Centene, Green is backing the Strong Youth, Strong Communities program. He said the goal is to establish what he calls a non-negotiable foundation to make their own stances and beliefs based on what is good and right; what will help them and their friends be successful.