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Connor Heyward Knows College Position Switch Opened NFL Door

Coming out of high school as a spindly 200-pounder and three-star athlete, to label newly-drafted Pittsburgh Steeler Connor Heyward as a can’t miss prospect is an understatement. However, the younger brother of multi-time All-Pro defensive tackle Cameron Heyward and son of legendary Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, possessed that same hardworking, lunch-pail approach that his last name denotes.

However, he credits a position change early on during his tenure as a Michigan State Spartan the turning point, and in hindsight, realizes that without that, he might not be in sitting here today as an NFL draftee.

“I came in as an athlete my freshman year, and Coach Dantonio recruited me,” Heyward said, via a transcript provided by the team.