Why Is Cam Heyward Awarded ‘2023 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year’? Looking Back at His Off-Field Contributions

Published 02/08/2024, 10:16 PM EST

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been handed a tremendous boost at the start of the offseason. As the NFL Awards ceremony progresses, the Steelers’ Cameron Heyward has won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The Steelers DT has won the award ahead of the likes of Patrick Mahomes and other fellow footballers. His contributions to society have aided him in securing one of the biggest NFL honors of the year.

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The star DT is known for his impressive records on the field, but his off-field endeavors are no less than his on-field achievements. He has marked his legacy with his selfless service and unwavering commitment to community upliftment. This has etched his name to this prestigious glory.

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On Thursday night, Heyward broke all records by grabbing a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at NFL Honors in Las Vegas. The All-Pro DT has been nominated for the sixth time overall and a third consecutive season. The Steelers DT has set up The Heyward House to support his community on multiple fronts. The charitable organization promotes the Kid’s Voice and other organizations.

Meanwhile, Cam Heyward has not limited himself to just supporting other charities but protecting kids through his charitable foundation. These are just a few of the many impacts he has made in the community, which has propelled him to the forefront of the Walter Payton List.

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Before Cameron Heyward, four other Steelers players have achieved the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Honor, including Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Lynn Swann, and Jerome Bettis. It’s interesting that Cameron’s dad, formerly running back Craig, inspired him to give back to society. Craig passed away from brain cancer when Cameron was only 17. Heyward said, ” When I talk about my dad, he wore No 34, and he’s been with me every step of the way. But I know there was another 34 that was helping me, this man Walter Payton.”

Inspired by his father’s legacy, Cameron extended a helping hand to the community and developed various charitable initiatives, such as The Heyward House Foundation, Cam’s Kindness Week, and the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project. These aim to eradicate hunger, provide necessities to unprivileged communities, and help cancer patients. His remarkable contribution is even applauded by the Broncos star Russell Wilson.

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Russell Wilson appreciated Cameron’s contribution!

Cameron turned all heads with his immense contribution to the community, building a narrative of his unwavering kindness towards society. He even suppressed the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Harrison Phillips, and Arik Armstead. And it seems star quarterback Russell Wilson is truly mesmerized by Cameron’s contribution. In his latest Instagram update, Wilson repost the NFL’s post featuring Cameron Heyward for his achievement in NFL honors. The quarterback wrote, “Well deserved @camhey97!! Truly making a difference in so many lives. Keep doing the good work!!!”

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With this truly inspiring act, Cameron has truly marked his legacy to the off-field with this kind act towards community. He is surely going to reach the highest peak. What are your thoughts on that? Share your insights below!

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Kushal Jain

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Kushal Jain is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Having started off writing as a hobby when he was 19, it has snowballed into becoming his full time profession. He is a passionate football fan, or as per the US etymology, soccer fan.
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