Cam Heyward’s appeal hearing scheduled for Tuesday

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On Tuesday, Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward will discuss and explain to Commissioner Roger Goodell, why he decided to honor his late father with writing on his eye black.

This month is breast cancer awareness, and NFL players are allowed to wear pink shoes and wristbands as a tribute to breast cancer patients. Heyward said Monday that players should be allowed during this month to raise awareness of other cancers as well.

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

The player made headlines two weeks ago when he wore eye black with “Iron” under one eye and “Head” under the other. His father Craig Heyward, a former NFL fullback who retired in 1998, died in 2006 from a brain tumor.

After he received $5,787 fine last week for violating the NFL’s uniform policy, Heyward decided to wear the eye black On Sunday against the Cardinals, and now faces an $11,576 fine.

The player will continue to wear the eye black tribute at least until the end of this month.

Heyward said “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,” and “I would love to be able to [do it] this month and make an awareness for all types of cancer.”

He also explained, “I’m very sincere when I say I’m not trying to be someone who is a rebel against the cause or someone who is against everybody. I care about this league, but I also care about people who are struggling. I understand the struggles they go through. My dad went through that struggle, and I saw it every day.”

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