07.25.10

Mushnick : Reminding Us The Late Ironhead Heyward Was No Rhodes Scholar

Posted in College Spurts, Gridiron, Sports Journalism at 5:07 pm by

Among those whose eyebrows were raised by Nick Saban’s anti-pimp lecture the other day was the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick, who not only “got a good laugh” out of Saban’s oration, but it provided the social conscience of all-things sports media with an excuse to trash the reputation of a dead man.

“(Saban’s comments) brought to mind my favorite such lament. Late In 1987, Pitt’s star RB, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, was declared ineligible for signing with an agent, Bruce Allen, now the Redskins’ GM and always the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach George Allen.

After announcing that Heyward was out, done, Pitt coach Mike Gottfried, now an ESPN analyst, ripped the agent for “depriving Craig Heyward of his college education.”
Heyward, at the time, hadn’t attended a class for at least two consecutive semesters.

And that brings to mind my favorite college football joke: The midterm grades for the team’s star are out — four Fs and a D. So the coach calls him in.

“Son,” he says, “I think you’re spending too much time on one subject.”

2 Responses to “Mushnick : Reminding Us The Late Ironhead Heyward Was No Rhodes Scholar”

  1. Ted Berg says:

    The Ironhead Heyward loofah commercial was my favorite of all time. “But Ironhead: What’s with this little thingie!?”

  2. Rog says:

    Word. Luuuuv that commercial.

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