Another Conflict With The NFL- No Fun League
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Another Conflict With The NFL- No Fun League

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward can't wear eye black to honor his late father who died of cancer, and it's ridiculous.

Connor Deitrich

Cameron Heyward is one of the best defensive ends in the National Football League No Fun League. More importantly, Cameron Heyward is a husband, a father, and a son. Many of you have heard of the late, great Craig "Ironhead" Heyward. Well, Ironhead died of brain cancer, and his son Cameron got fined for raising awareness.

Yes, Cam Heyward got fined for over 5,000 dollars because he wore "Ironhead" on his eye black against the Chargers. Well, that sure didn't stop the standout defensive end from wearing the eye black again against the Cardinals. He now faces a fine of over 11,000 dollars, and he doesn't care. 

"I care about this league, but I also care about the people who are struggling. I understand the struggles they go through. My dad went through that struggle, and I saw it every day."

"A lot of people are struggling with cancer, and that's what my message was. It's not just about me and my love for my father. There are a lot of people out there struggling. In a month where breast cancer is honored, I think every type of cancer should be honored as well."

"I'm not trying to step on anyone's toes or upset the league office, but I want to continue to do it, at least for this month. I would love to be able to this month and make an awareness for all types of cancer," Heyward said all of this to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Many football fans have the same feelings about this that Ken Wisenhunt had about the questionable hit on Marcus Mariota on Sunday. Keeping things clean is frankly nonsense. 

Hewyard will probably win his appeal. According to reports, Devon Still will be brought up in the hearing. Still wore "Leah Strong" on his eye black while his daughter courageously fought cancer. "I definitely support him.  "He's using his platform and trying to support his dad with an important cause. I don't see nothing wrong that," Still told ESPN. ESPN also reported that Bengals offensive lineman and NFLPA president Eric Winston agrees with Heyward and thinks the rule "should be looked at." It's great to see other players, especially players of a rival team, back Heyward against the NFL.

Even though the NFL may not fine Cam Heyward, it's still upsetting that this is even an issue in the first place. The league has more important things to worry about, like figuring out the definition of a catch, or teaching their referees when to start the clock and when to stop it. Players' eye black, especially when it supports struggling people, shouldn't be anywhere near the top of the front office's priority list.