Trenton Steel Ink Craig Heyward, Jr.

Heyward played his college football at Middle Tennessee State University (Photo courtesy of Trenton Steel).
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Middle Tennessee State University Product is Son of Former NFL Running Back

The Trenton Steel of the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) added some depth at the running back position on Wednesday, announcing that it had signed Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) product Craig Heyward, Jr. The former college walk-on is the son of late NFL alumnus Craig Heyward, Sr., who enjoyed an 11-year professional career before succumbing to brain cancer at just 39-years-old.

“With the signing of Craig Heyward, we have added to our team a strong and powerful player at a crucial position,” Steel head coach Jeff Hoffman remarked. “Craig is an impressive downhill runner who runs behind his pads. I really believe we have made a key acquisition with the signing of an athlete like Craig.”

Standing six-feet tall and listed at 234 pounds, Heyward spent time in training camp with the New Orleans Saints last year after completing his college career. Shortly after losing his father in 2006, the New Jersey native walked on at MTSU, which is located just outside Nashville in neighboring Murfreesboro, where he earned a spot onto the Blue Raider scout team. After proving his worth over two seasons, Heyward reached the game day roster as a special teams player, returning two kicks for a total of 23 yards. He also registered four carries out of the offensive backfield, accumulating three yards.

Football is highly prevalent in the Heyward family, as younger brother Cameron started at defensive end for Ohio State University and is one of the top ranked players on the defensive front heading into the 2011 NFL Draft.

After kicking off the season in Richmond on March 19th, the Steel will play its first-ever home contest when it hosts the Erie Explosion on March 26th at the Sun National Bank Center in Downtown Trenton. For more information on the team or to purchase tickets, visit or call 609-656-3300.

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