PITTSBURGH -- First off, Pittsburgh Steelers fans need to know one thing - Connor Heyward did not pick his number.
The Steelers' new tight end/fullback does know the importance of it, though. Repping No. 83 will be the first time that number is worn since Zach Gentry tried to wear it his rookie season - only to change to 80. But Heyward understands how much it comes with.
"He's a legend here," Heyward said. "I wouldn't be surprised if his jersey is retired at any time. He was a really good player, a really good person in the community here. Best tight end in Steelers history. I know wearing this, I'm going to have high expectations. But I like having high expectations. I've had pressure my whole life, I've accepted it.
"Hopefully I leave his jersey in a better place."
Heyward's position in Pittsburgh will be fullback and tight end, but with a number like 83, those expectations as a tight end certainly grow. Something he seems to be looking forward to.
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