Steve Heiden

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Steve Heiden
No. 82, 83
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-09-21) September 21, 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth: Rushford, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
College: South Dakota State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
Debuted in 1999 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2009
Receptions 201
Receiving Yards 1,689
Average 8.4
Touchdowns 14
Stats at NFL.com

Steve Allen Heiden (born September 21, 1976) is a former American football tight end.

College career[edit]

Heiden played college football for South Dakota State University and totaled 112 receptions for 1,499 yards (13.4 avg.) and 8 touchdowns.[1] He majored in early childhood education at South Dakota State University.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Heiden was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the third round (69th overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft.[2] In his rookie year he made 11 appearances for the Chargers and made his NFL debut versus the Seattle Seahawks on October 17.

In his second season with the Chargers, he made 15 appearances with three starts. He also caught his first NFL touchdown in a game versus the Carolina Panthers on December 17.

For the first time in his professional career, Heiden appeared in all 16 regular season and made ten starts.[1]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On August 31, 2002, San Diego traded Heiden to the Cleveland Browns.[2] He again appeared in all 16 regular season games and made his Browns debut versus the Kansas City Chiefs on September 8.

In 2003, despite missing the final seven league games because of an ankle injury, Heiden had a career high season with 18 receptions for 134 yards.

2004 was an excellent season for Heiden with 28 receptions for 287 yards and five touchdowns, his three touchdowns in the game at the Cincinnati Bengals on November 28 were a career high.

The following season in 2005 was equally as productive for Heiden who surpassed his previous seasons catch and yardage totals. He made 43 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2006, he made 16 appearances with six starts. His numbers for the season were good with 36 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns.[1] On April 14, 2007, Heiden was signed to a four-year contract extension by the Browns.[3] On November 18, 2009 the Browns placed Heiden on injured reserve with an ankle injury after the Monday Night Football game.[4]

Besides kicker Phil Dawson, Heiden has played for the Browns longer than any other player on the team.

On March 12, 2010, Heiden was released by the Browns. In June of 2011 he retired due to neck spurs. He did not want to retire, but felt his life was at risk.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stve Heiden.Retrieved on December 29, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Cleveland Browns Stats.Retrieved on December 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Heiden signs 4-year extension". Cleveland Browns. Apr 14, 2007. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Heiden, Zastudil go to IR". Cleveland Browns. Nov 18, 2009. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ Matt Florjancic (Mar 12, 2010). "Trusnik signs Tender, Heiden released". Cleveland Browns. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 

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