Cameron Heyward Parents: Father Craig & Mother Heyward-Blackwell

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Cameron Heyward grew up in New Jersey, where he was raised alongside his three younger siblings by their parents.

Sports played a central role in their household, with all four children actively participating in athletics during their high school years.

Following in their father Craig’s footsteps, the Heyward siblings pursued their passions for sports and excelled in various disciplines.

While three sons pursued professional football careers, one of them opted for basketball, showcasing the family’s diverse athletic talents.

Cameron Heyward Returing Back In Game After Injury
Cameron Heyward Returning Back In Game After Injury (Source: Instagram)

Cameron Phillip Heyward is a well-known American football defensive tackle who plays in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft following his impressive time as an Ohio State University student-athlete.

Heyward’s journey to the NFL started in high school at Suwanee, Georgia’s Peachtree Ridge High School, where he played football for the Peachtree Ridge Lions and showed off his skills.

In addition to performing exceptionally well on the field throughout his career, Heyward has made a big impact on his community by participating in a number of charitable endeavors.

He has received great attention for his dedication to volunteerism and philanthropy.

Recently he was named the 2023 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at NFL Honours, a prestigious award at the Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas.

Cameron Heyward’s Parents: Father Craig & Mother Heyward-Blackwell

Cameron was born on May 6, 1989, to his parents Craig and Charlotte Heyward-Blackwell., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Heyward’s father, Craig, was a professional football player who was a fullback in the National Football League (NFL).

He spent 11 years in the NFL, where he played for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts. During his time at the NFL, His nickname was “Ironhead“.

Cameron Heyward With His Dad Craig
Cameron Heyward With His Dad Craig (Source: The Players’ Tribune)

Craig died really early at the age of thirty-nine. It started with a blurred vision in his right eye, and he was diagnosed with a malignant bone cancer, reportedly a chordoma, at the base of his skull that was pressing on the optic nerve.

Sadly, Heyward died in 2006, at the age of 39, a year after another cancerous tumor in his brain.

Cameron, to honor his legendary father. The NFL fined Cameron after he wore the eye black to honor his father, who died of cancer.

Cam’s Mother Charlotte Heyward

Charlotte Heyward‘s mother Cameron Heyward, shares a close connection with Cam even after being married to another man.

After separating from Craig in 2001, Charlotte tied the knot with former NBA player Cory Blackwell. 

Cameron Heyward's Childhood Picture With Mother And Brothers
Cameron Heyward’s Childhood Picture With Mother And Brothers (Source: Facebook)

However, their marriage also didn’t last long and finally ended their relationship. Today, Charlotte is married to Steven Wesley.

Even after being married to another man Charlotte cares for her children. She was seen supporting Cam at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after an NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons.

Chanda Rai
Chanda Rai

Chanda Rai

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