Todd Heap

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Todd Heap
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Heap with the Ravens in 2006
No. 86
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-03-16) March 16, 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth: Mesa, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Mesa (AZ) Mountain View
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 31
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 499
Receiving yards: 5,869
Touchdowns: 42
Player stats at

Todd Benjamin Heap (born March 16, 1980) is a former American football tight end who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

After playing college football for Arizona State University, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Heap played ten years for the Ravens, becoming the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown catches and second all-time in receptions and yards. He was released in 2011 and played two years for the Arizona Cardinals.[1]

Early years[edit]

At Mountain View High School, in Mesa, Arizona, he was Mountain 5A Player of the Year. In the state championship game, he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

Heap played college football at Arizona State University, majoring in pre-business. His 115 receptions broke the school record for tight ends, previously held by Ken Dyer.

  • 1999: 55 catches for 832 yards with three touchdowns
  • 2000: 45 catches for 617 yards with three touchdowns

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

The Baltimore Ravens selected Heap with the 31st overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Through the end of the 2009 NFL season he played 120 total career games, starting 115.

Heap recorded 16 receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown in his rookie season, playing behind eight-time Pro-Bowler Shannon Sharpe. He became the starting tight end for the Ravens in 2002 after Sharpe left in free agency. The Ravens were 7-9 in Heap's second season. He caught 68 passes for 836 yards and six touchdowns and was voted to his first Pro Bowl. The following season in 2003, Heap garnered 57 receptions for 693 yards and three touchdowns, despite the Ravens having a run-first offense, behind the record breaking 2,066-yard rushing season of Jamal Lewis. Heap was again voted to the Pro Bowl as the Ravens won the AFC North division for the first time. Heap had six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Johnathan Joseph and Todd Heap in 2006

Heap was injured in the second week of the 2004 season, in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He returned in Week 13, but missed the final game of the season. He finished the season with 303 yards and three touchdowns in six games. He returned healthy and ready to play in the 2005 season. The Ravens team suffered numerous injuries to their starters and ended the season 6-10. Heap caught 75 passes for 855 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2006 he would begin catching passes from former rival, former Pro Bowl quarterback Steve McNair. It would also prove to be the Ravens best regular season, as they won the AFC North for the second time in franchise history with a record of 13-3. Heap caught 73 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns. Heap missed 10 games in the 2007 season due to injury, and caught only 23 passes, amassing 239 yards and one touchdown. In 2008, he collected 35 receptions for 403 yards and three touchdowns. The Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2000 season, but would lose to the Steelers.

Heap played through numerous injuries in the 2009 season, yet had 53 receptions for 593 yards and six touchdowns, and twice scored two touchdowns in a single game. The Ravens finished 9-7, losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts. He built on his success from the previous year in 2010, going on to have one of the best seasons of his career. In 12 games, he notched 37 receptions for 546 yards. and five touchdowns, one being a career long 65 yard touchdown. In a Week 13 Sunday Night Football match-up with the Steelers, he suffered a pulled hamstring on the first offensive snap for Baltimore, taking him out of the game. As a precaution, he missed the three weeks, not wanting to re-aggravate or worsen the injury.

On July 25, 2011, the day the NFL announced the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Ravens announced they would be releasing him once free agency began.[2] He was officially released on July 28.[3]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On July 31, 2011, Heap signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He appeared in 12 games for the Cardinals, totaling 32 receptions for 377 yards and one touchdown. After being injured in a Week 2 game against the New England Patriots on September 16, 2012, late in the third quarter, he did not return for the remaining 11 weeks afterwards and was eventually released by the Cardinals on December 4, 2012.


Heap retired from professional football in 2013. On May 13, 2014, the Baltimore Ravens announced Heap would be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Heap and his wife Ashley[4] have five children: daughter Brooklyn (born 2002), twin sons Preston and Kyle (born in 2006), and son Cade (born 2009). Another daughter, Holly Alivia, born in 2013, died in a car accident in April 2017.[5][6][7]

Heap is one of six children. His mother is the cousin of former NFL player Danny White, while his great-uncle Verl played basketball at Arizona State.[8]

Heap is a Mormon[9] and a Republican, who supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 United States presidential election.[10]


  1. ^ a b Downing, Garrett. "Todd Heap Going Into Ravens Ring of Honor". 
  2. ^ Walker, James. "Ravens cutting four big name vets". 
  3. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Release Tracker". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Todd Heap's Wife & Children". Fabwags. April 2017. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Obituary for Holly Alivia Heap". Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Boren, Cindy (16 April 2017). "The anguishing, 'knee-buckling' death of former NFL player Todd Heap’s daughter". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Ravens Player Bio
  9. ^ Shill, Aaron. "Ravens boast most Mormon players on NFL roster". Mormon Times. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Celebrities Famous People who Support Mitt Romney Mitt Retrieved 15 December 2012