The NFL has released the list of nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and one player on that list is Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward.
A lot of the reason for Heyward’s nomination is his work with children. Heyward works to keep low-income children healthy with nutritious food and physical activity.
He also looks out for children who have no one to look out for them. Heyward holds birthday parties for children in foster homes and group homes, and also sends them birthday cards.
On the field, Heyward is making up for missed time in a huge way. He missed nine regular-season games and the playoffs because of injury in 2016. A torn left pectoral put him on injured reserve after Week 10.
Heyward is currently playing the best football of his seven-year career. He is Steelers’ sack leader with 9 through 12 games. That sack total is his career-high.
After missing the Steelers’ 2016 run to the AFC Championship Game, Heyward has been there every step of the way for their 10-2 record this season. His dominance is a huge reason why they have one of the best defenses in the league.