Craig “Ironhead” Heyward: One Of NFL’s “Big Man” Running Backs

He is not with us today, but Craig “Ironhead” Heyward was one of NFL’s fastest running back, in relation to his massive size and weight.  He was often referred to as an “overweight Fred Astaire.”  Not only was he an intimidating presence from one moment, but he would also be one of the most entertaining and likable personalities the next.

In the mid-’90s, he was involved in a series of Zest Body Wash commercials which had become embedded in the psyche of America’s pop-culture.  It’s not well-documented, but he was the first person to introduce and encourage men from using liquid soap and the accompanying mesh body sponge.  He had probably also created the metrosexual man, when I think about it…  -_^

From dajabec’s Flickr Page

Here’s the Ironhead with classic lines like: “But, Iron Head, what’s with this thingie?”


(higher quality version)

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  1. Always loved this ad–he was not only good looking–he was FUNNY as well.

    Glad they called it a “lather-builder” instead of a pouffe–incidentally, since it has holes in it, it retains a lot less bacteria and such. You really are cleaner using one . . .

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