Heyward Not Happy With AB's Actions But Still Wants Him Back In 2019

The Steelers defensive captain says AB needs to get in touch with Art Rooney II

The Cook & Joe Show
February 01, 2019 - 3:22 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (97) on the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers defensive team captain Cam Heyward says he is still upset about the situation with Antonio Brown but he  wants him back in Pittsburgh next year.

Speaking on the Cook and Joe Show Friday live from the Super Bowl, the defensive end said, “You can still be angry and still want a guy. We’re adults in a kid’s . . . game but I think some of it, it’s about being adults and saying that you know we make mistakes and we hold people accountable but we can grow from it and everybody can mature from it and we can use this as a teaching moment.”

Brown has not spoken to anyone in the Steelers organization since he missed the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Heyward says he wants Brown back because he gives the Steelers a good chance to get back to the Super Bowl.

“I’m not condemning him but I’m saying that was not right and I’m not happy with the situation but moving forward I still want him to be a part of this team because I think he can help us win,” said Heyward. “The ball’s in AB’s court and I don’t know what the front office is going to do but I’m fighting for everybody to be here because I think this group and him included can do special things.”

Heyward adds the negative situation can turn into a positive one if they want it to.

“I know we’ve had missteps and I know it hasn’t been perfect but we can grow from this and we can be a better team because of it.”

But one of those first steps toward becoming a better team is Brown reconnecting with the Steelers and Heyward says that’s all on AB right now.

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“You want to be a good person first and I think AB wants to be a good person and I think he’s capable of being a good person but there’s a way to go about it the right way.”

Heyward says he has tried to contact Brown but to no avail thus far and adds the All-Pro receiver needs to get in touch with owner Art Rooney II.

“I think he’s tried to remain silent because he doesn’t know what’s going on but I think you should have that conversation with Art. He’s paid you handsomely and he’s treated you respect through your years and that should be reciprocal.”

While Heyward says the turmoil within the team was amplified because they didn’t make the playoffs, he will use the experience of 2018 to become a better leader next season.

“Everything’s just got to be communicated a lot better and that goes for my standpoint too and I got to challenge guys in that regard and hold people accountable . . . I look forward to being a good leader,” said Heyward.

When it comes to what he expects from Coach Tomlin next season, Heyward says he expects him to challenge his team more, “ and holding us accountable and that’s all I can ask for in a coach because at the end of the day the coaches can only do so much but the players do more.”

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