Retired NFL player Todd Heap’s daughter tragically died Friday, April 14. The retired tight end played 10 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and was drafted in the first round in the 2001 draft.
In 2011, Heap was released from the Arizona Cardinals and retired from the NFL and he officially retired from the sport one year later.
Heap was a highly sought after prospect after earning a name for himself while playing at Mountain View High School at Mesa, Arizona and during his college years.
During the championship game at Mountain View High School he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass. It was a remarkable game and one that made him an up and coming player to watch.
Heap was selected 31st overall in the 2001 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens and during his career he started over 115 games.
During his rookie season, playing behind Pro-Bowler Shannon Sharpe, Heap recorded 16 receptions, 206 yards, and one touchdown. During the 2006 season, Heap was named the NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year.
Eventually, injuries forced the the the Ravens to release Heap in 2011 and quickly signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
Heap signed a 2-year deal with Arizona, but only appeared in 12 games. While Heap’s performance with the Cardinal’s was noteworthy, his time with them was fraught with injury and he was never able to achieve the success he had with the Baltimore Ravens.
After retiring from the NFL in 2014, Heap was inducted into the Baltimore Raven’s Ring of Honor. His most successful season in Baltimore was arguably in 2006, when he helped the team finish with a 13-3 record, catching 73 passes for over 765 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Heap married his wife high school sweetheart, Ashley, shortly after his rookie training camp in 2001 and the two had five children together.
His youngest daughter, born in 2013, died Friday, April 14 after he fatally struck her while moving his truck in his driveway.
The young girl was rushed to the hospital, where hospital staff did their best to revive her. Unfortunately, they could not revive the young child and she succumbed to her injuries.
After receiving news about Heap’s daughter’s passing, the Baltimore Ravens issued a statement saying ‘We cannot imagine the heartbreak and sorrow Todd and Ashley’s family feels right now.’
Police have also issued a statement surrounding Heap’s daughter’s passing, saying that there were no indications that heap was impaired at the time of the accident.
While an investigation is ongoing, all signs point to this being just a tragic and horrible accident.
There has been a mass outpouring of support and condolences for Heap and his family concerning the events of his daughter’s death on social media. We wish to extend that support and send our prayers and thoughts to Heap and his family during this difficult time.