Throw it all the way back to 1994 when the Atlanta Falcons brought in a big, bruising fullback by the name of Craig Heyward. Who knew back then that his two children would help beat his team 28 years later?
It also came in a game where the Falcons were throwing it back themselves, as they wore their old red helmets. It just had to happen this way.
It comes full circle for the Atlanta Falcons as they get beat by their former fullback’s kids
Going into the game, the Atlanta Falcons knew they had to shut down Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle, Cam Heyward. He has been one of the best in the league for quite some time now but what they didn’t know is that they would have to worry about their third-string rookie tight end, Connor Heyward.
Cam registered one sack that made a field goal much more difficult, although Younghoe Koo didn’t care, while Connor ended up catching the only touchdown by the Steelers which was the difference in the game.
These two are also brothers and their father was a Pro Bowler for the Atlanta Falcons back in the 90s. Craig Heyward was a fullback who was originally drafted by the Saints, moved on to the Bears, and then went to the Falcons where he made a Pro Bowl in his second season.
He was known as a terrifyingly big fullback who could run the ball or catch the ball. At one point he was five-foot-eleven, and 330 pounds. That would not be a fun guy to tackle. He is also the last fullback to rush for 1,000 yards.
Sadly, for the Heyward family, he developed cancer and died in 2006 at the age of 39. Cam Heyward paid tribute to his father in his postgame interview by wearing his Atlanta Falcons jersey.
That is heartbreaking but good for both of them for making an impact on a special game for them.