Cameron Heyward reacts to Steelers drafting his younger brother

Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward reacted to the team selecting his younger brother, Michigan State tight end Connor Heyward.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are all about bringing families together. The team already had three duos of brothers on the roster: the Watt brothers (T.J. and Derek), the Edmund brothers (Terrell and Trey) and the Davis brothers (Carlos and Khalil). Now, they’ve added a fourth: the Heyward brothers.

On the final day of the NFL Draft, the Steelers used their 208th-overall pick in the sixth round on Michigan State tight end/fullback Connor Heyward, the younger brother of star defensive end Cameron Heyward.

After finding out that his younger brother is now on the Pittsburgh roster, Cameron sent out a funny tweet.

Cameron Heyward reacts to Steelers drafting his younger brother

While Cameron did joke that he probably has a new roommate, he did send out an emotional message on his Instagram account to congratulate Connor of making it to the NFL. Included in the post is a photo of Cameron finding out he was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with Connor in the room.

Connor Heyward played five seasons with the Spartans, where he contributed in the passing game and the running game. This past campaign, Heyward caught 35 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Heyward recorded 96 receptions for 711 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to 825 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries.

In February, Heyward spoke with media about his versatility on the offense after a 2022 Senior Bowl practice.

“I’m being used in multiple ways,” he told Steelers Depot. “The playbook, learning every day and taking it day-by-day. I think one-on-ones went well. I won both my reps pass pro and then won my route, ran an option route. I think I could’ve done better in some of the team period. It was the first day. We haven’t played football in a while so everybody’s messing up, everybody’s anxious and ready to go. I think today’s gonna be a lot smoother.”

Finding out that Connor would be teaming up with Cameron in Pittsburgh had to be an awesome moment for the Heyward family.

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