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Encyclopedia > Craig Heyward
Craig Heyward
Date of birth September 26, 1966
Place of birth Flag of United States Passaic, New Jersey
Date of death May 27, 2006
Position(s) Running Back
College Pittsburgh
NFL Draft 1988 / Round 1/ Pick 24
Pro Bowls 1995
Statistics
Team(s)
1988-1992
1993
1994-1996
1997
1998
New Orleans Saints
Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons
St. Louis Rams
Indianapolis Colts

Craig "Ironhead" Heyward (September 26, 1966, Passaic, New JerseyMay 27, 2006) was an American football running back who played for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, and Indianapolis Colts in an 11-year National Football League career. September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Passaic is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... // Round One Round Two Sel# Team Player Pos. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City St. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Passaic is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... City St. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ...

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NFL Career

He was selected by the Saints in the first round (24th pick overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh, where he ran for 2,950 yards in only three seasons, and declared himself eligible for the 1988 draft after his junior year. At Pitt he also starred in a bowl game for the Panthers, was voted an consensus All-American and was in the Heisman running for 1987. It was at Passaic High School that he gained his oft-used nickname "Ironhead", a reference to his wild-man strength and the fact that he had to wear a size 8 3/4 hat. (Heyward's obituary in The New York Times gave a different story. It said he got his nickname from street football games in which he would lower his head into the stomach of the tackler; one opponent said it hurt so much that Heyward's head must be made of iron.) // Round One Round Two Sel# Team Player Pos. ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Panthers is the name given to the sports teams of University of Pittsburgh. ...


Heyward was widely regarded as a nightmare for opposing defenses because he was often as big, and sometimes bigger, than the defenders who had to stop him, and had surprising quickness and agility. One of the NFL's best "big man" running backs in the vein of Earl Campbell, Heyward, at 5'-11" and reportedly between 250-340 pounds (the latter is arguably more accurate) was a punishing runner who was also a devastating blocker and good receiver.Heyward slimmed down to closer to 280. Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955) is a former professional American Football running back and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ...


In the mid-1990's, Heyward showcased his sense of humor in a series of television commercials for Zest body wash, introducing a generation of American men to the plastic mesh soap applicator that is now a fixture in many showers and bathtubs. The "lather-builder" and Heyward's tough-guy image created a humorous contrast in the advertisement. The ad was subsequently lampooned by The Onion.[1] The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Zest is a soap, produced by Procter & Gamble. ... The Onion is a parody newspaper published weekly in print and online. ...


Heyward finished his 11 seasons with 4,301 rushing yards, 177 receptions for 1,559 yards, and 34 touchdowns.


Battle with brain cancer

In November 1998, Heyward said that he had blurred vision in his right eye, and was diagnosed with a benign tumor at the base of his skull that was pressing on the optic nerve. The tumor was reportedly a chordoma. After it was partially removed in a 12-hour operation, he underwent 40 rounds of radiation treatments and was later pronounced cancer-free. However, in 2005 the tumor recurred and he died on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at the age of 39. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... MRI scan of human eye showing optic nerve. ... Spinal tumors are neoplasms located in the spinal cord. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Son commits to Ohio State

On January 31, 2007, Craig Heyward's son Cameron verbally committed to play college football for The Ohio State University. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive tackle from Peachtree High School in Suwanee, GA is also an outstanding basketball prospect.


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Craig Heyward - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (330 words)
Craig "Ironhead" Heyward (September 26, 1966 – May 27, 2006) was a former American football running back who played for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, the-then Los Angeles Rams, and the Indianapolis Colts in an 11-year career.
Craig Heyward was widely regarded as a nightmare for opposing defenses because he was often as big, and sometimes bigger, than the defenders who had to stop him, and had surprising quickness and agility.
In November, 1998, Heyward complained of blurred vision in his right eye, and was diagnosed with a benign tumor at the base of his skull.
PRO FOOTBALL NOTE (502 words)
Heyward is expected to remain in the intensive care unit for several days.
Heyward was released by the St. Louis Rams on September 2nd after coach Dick Vermeil grew tired of waiting for the 260-pound Heyward to report at an appropriate weight.
Heyward was the 24th overall pick in the 1988 draft by New Orleans and played five seasons with the Saints.
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