Heyward Up For NFL Award

Steelers captain nominated for prestigious honor

Jeff Hathhorn
December 06, 2018 - 6:11 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – It’s for players who represent philanthropy and community impact and Wednesday the NFL named Cam Heyward the Steelers nominee for the Walter Payton NFL May of the Year Award.

“I take a lot of responsibility with that,” Heyward said.  “I just want to give back to my community.  I want to continue to play well on the field and continue to help off the field.”

Every team has a representative and Heyward said they could have chosen a number of different Steelers.

“It means a lot, just because, I know there are guys in his locker room are very deserving of this as well.  Maurkice Pouncey has done a tremendous amount of work in the community.  Ben (Roethlisberger), Joe Haden, multiple guys not only give their time, but care about it.”

“This year's nominees have used their platforms to transform communities across the country,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We are proud of their work and celebrate their dedication and impact through this award."

Heyward isn’t the only player nominated with local ties.  Pitt Panther Jabaal Sheard is the Colts nominee, Penn Stater Robbie Gould is the 49ers nominee and former Steeler Kelvin Beachum is the Jets.

“I try and set an example for my family,” Heyward said.  “I have two kids now, as my mom and dad taught me, I want them to see what to do, how to impact your community and how to give back to a lot of people.”

The award will be announced on Super Bowl eve in Atlanta.