Haywood is the host of “That Being Said,” which airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on Milwaukee’s ESPN Radio 1510 Days / 1290 Nights. A lifelong Milwaukee resident, Steve has been working on the radio since 1996 and also is executive producer of Sports Perspectives on MATA Community Media.
He has covered a number of major events, including the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2002 and the NBA All-Star Game in 2003.
“Cardiomyopathy which is an enlargement of the heart. I have a pacemaker, diabetes, gastroparesis, kidney failure and then obviously I have an amputation of my left leg,” Haywood said.
Through it all, Haywood has managed to keep his trademark sense of humor.
“When I woke up and the first vision I saw was my son, standing over me, and I was still alive, I said to myself ‘well, either I’m too ornery to die, or you’ve got bigger plans for me.’ So whatever those bigger plans are, I can’t be selfish and worry about me. It’s how can I serve God?” Haywood said.
Haywood’s ordeal has changed him in some ways, says the Fox 6 Milwaukee story.
“The next time you walk by somebody in a wheelchair, you know, it takes a second to ask ‘are you okay?’ We tend to sometimes just walk right by them and not pay attention — but they are not forgotten people. They are people that you need to love and respect,” Haywood said.