ATLANTA - Former NFL fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward died Saturday after a 71/2-year fight with a brain tumor, his son's high school football coach said. He was 39.
Heyward spent 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and Indianapolis. A former Pittsburgh All-American, he rushed for a career-high 1,083 yards for the Falcons in 1995.
"He wasn't real mobile, but he'd been rehabbing," said Blair Armstrong, who coached Heyward's son, Cameron, at Peachtree Ridge High. "He thought he might walk again. But once he lost his hearing and his sight, his organs started shutting down. Other problems were just developing."
Cameron Heyward, 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, is one of the nation's top defensive line recruits. -- associated press