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Steelers’ Cam Heyward says NFL fined him for honoring late father


Cam Heyward took to Twitter to announce that he’s been fined by the NFL over a written message on his eye black that honored his late father.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end had “Iron” and “Head” written on his eye black during Monday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, a nod to the nickname of his dad, former NFL player Craig Heyward, who passed away at the age of 39 in 2006 after a lengthy battle with bone cancer.

“Got fined for honoring my Dad who bravely fought cancer on my eye black,” Heyward wrote on Twitter.

“Ironhead” Heyward played 11 NFL seasons, starring at running back with the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints.

Heyward did not disclose the amount of his fine, but it’s likely to be $5,787, which is the monetary penalty for first-time offenders of the NFL’s uniform policy against “personal messages.”

Interestingly, October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” initiative honors the battle against cancer, specifically the importance of breast cancer screenings.

“Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches, and referees wearing pink game apparel, as well as additional on-field and in-stadium branding — all to help raise awareness for this important campaign,” the NFL’s statement on the initiative reads in part.

Heyward’s teammate, Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, asked the league to if he could wear pink throughout the season in tribute of his mother, who passed away last year following a battle with breast cancer. His request apparently was denied.

(image via Cam Heyward/Twitter)