Heyward, Craig.

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Name
Heyward, Craig. Gender: M
born on 26 September 1966
Place Passaic, New Jersey, 40n51, 74w08
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Lehman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 03°07' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif or s_aqucol.18.gif



Biography

American athlete, a professional football player, he played 11 seasons in the national football league. He battled with a drinking problem and binge-eating. At times his off-season weight of 250 pounds ballooned to as high as 340 pounds.

Nicknamed "Ironhead" as a young boy for his ability to butt his opponents in the stomach with his head, Heyward grew up in a disadvantaged home. From ages 10-12 he lived in a training school for wayward boys. In high school he was a star football player and managed to get to the University of Pittsburgh. He was drafted by the Saints pro team in 1988, playing with the New Orleans team until 1992. He spent the next several years playing with four different teams. At only 5'11" he could be a powerhouse on the field. In 1995, his best playing year, he and his team (Atlanta) made it to the pro Bowl.

He and his wife, from whom he was divorced had four sons. In 1998 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that pressed on his optic nerve and forced his retirement from his beloved sport. Surgery could not remove all the tumor and he lost his hearing and sight. In May 2005, he suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed. He died on May 27, 2006 from brain cancer at age 39.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1998 (Brain tumor)

Source Notes

Dr. J. Lee Lehman quotes a sport almanac for date; time unknown; place mentioned in his obituary

Categories

  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Paralysis
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (Binge eater)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four sons)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Hazardous work
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Sports : Football