League fines Heyward for tribute to late father

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PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that he was fined by the NFL for wearing eye-black tape reading “Iron Head” in tribute to his late father’s cancer fight. Heyward tweeted that the league had levied the fine, which reportedly will cost him $5,787, for painting the words in white on the black paint used under his eyes during games. Players are allowed to use eye-black to reduce glare from the sun or bright stadium lights, but the NFL’s uniform policy is against “personal messages”. Former NFL running back Craig “Iron Head” Heyward died in 2006 at age 39 after a seven-year battle with a recurring brain tumor. He played over parts of 11 NFL seasons from 1988 to 1998.

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