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Monday, December 25th, 2023
STEELERS DE CAM HEYWARD SPEAKS WITH PETER KING ON GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY IN THIS WEEK’S “FMIA HOLIDAY SPECIAL” COLUMN
“If I don’t go out and do the same for others now, I feel like I’m doing everyone an injustice.”– Heyward on giving back after receiving help from others
”One of the things that drew me to Heyward is the great number of causes he’s taken on that are not the usual athlete causes.” – King on why he chose to highlight Steelers Defensive End Cam Heyward
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 25, 2023 – Peter King, in his first NFL weekend off in 40 years, speaks with Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward about his charitable work in this week’s “Holiday Special” edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. To view the piece which ran during Football Night in America on Saturday, click here.
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The following are highlights from this week’s “Holiday Special” edition of Football Morning in America:
King on the holiday nature of today’s column: “This is my first NFL weekend off in 40 years. Feels revolutionary. It’s a different kind of column. Shorter, for one thing. And topical – if you consider writing about goodness topical for the most wonderful time of the year.”
Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward on his philanthropy: “I was one of those people who received so much from so, so many other people. When my dad passed away, it was my mom stepping up, the coaches in my life stepping up, the teachers, my friends. So, if I don’t go out and do the same for others now, I feel like I’m doing everyone an injustice.”
King on why he decided to spotlight Heyward’s charitable efforts: “One of the things that drew me to Heyward is the great number of causes he’s taken on that are not the usual athlete causes; some are directly related to paying homage to his dad, Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward, the former NFL fullback who died of a brain tumor in 2006, when Cam was a high-school junior.”
Heyward on loss and giving back: “You have a legacy for your family. I have a legacy for mine. I want people to know I’m a product of loss. Everything I do is because I’ve lost people in my life…I think I’m leaving breadcrumbs. If I can have a conversation or if I can just be there, I think that can mean a lot to a kid. I don’t know how much, but I want to know that I gave something.”
King: “Heyward has been very active in the Pittsburgh community providing suits for students, hosting teacher appreciation dinners, and building four free libraries in underserved neighborhoods.”
Pittsburgh Public Schools director of communications Mercedes Williams on Heyward: “I can tell you because I’ve been there: It’s not just a publicity stunt, it’s not to check boxes. It’s him loving and caring for our students.”
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