Cameron Heyward Makes it Crystal Clear Why He Can't Be Friends With Steelers' Rivals off the Field

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward on Twitter
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward on Twitter /

If you're not a Pittsburgh Steeler, defensive end Cam Heyward wants nothing to do with you, and he does not feel bad about it.

It might be harsh, but we totally get it. Football is so much more than a game to these guys. It's their livelihood and it defines their lives on and off the field. It's hard to turn around and be buddies with someone who just slammed you into the ground a few dozen times.

We can't help but applaud Heyward's loyalty to his team, especially as fans. Steelers supporters are undoubtedly in the same boat, with many going above and beyond to boo the opponent at Heinz Field every Sunday.

However, some former teammates weren't so thrilled about Heyward's post. Free agent Kelvin Beachum, who most recently played for the New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Chris Hubbard, both responded to him on Twitter.

It does get complicated with players who've moved around the league throughout their careers. Heyward was drafted in 2011 by the Steelers and has never played a day in a different jersey since, but Beachum has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jets since he was drafted by the Steelers in 2012. Hubbard was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers in 2014 and signed with the Browns in 2018.

In any case, Heyward and his former friends can settle this on the field when the NFL season officially kicks off on Sept. 5.