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Ironhead was a nickname, Craig was the man

Updated: May 28, 2006, 8:31 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- He was one of the toughest, nastiest SOBs that I have encountered in 28 years of covering the NFL, a man whose menacing scowl could seemingly strip paint from a wall, and who reveled in his own brute physicality and took glee from imposing his strength on others.

Indeed, former NFL fullback Craig Heyward was a man with whom you didn't want to mess. And on many days, when his mood was darkest after practice, you prayed he didn't want to mess with you.

Yet ...

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