Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap accidentally kills 3-year-old daughter

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Retired Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap, who played 12 seasons in the NFL, accidentally killed his 3-year-old daughter at their home in Meza, Ariz. on Friday afternoon.


According to authorities, at about 3:45 p.m. the child was in the driveway when Heap moved his truck forward, striking her. Family members rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

Mesa police told the Arizona Republic Heap exhibited no signs of impairment while operating the vehicle.


“My heart is broken for Todd Heap and his family,” said former NFL kicker and current CBS college football analyst Jay Feely. “One of the kindest persons I’ve ever met and a man who lives for his family.”

Other current and former NFL players offered their condolences on Twitter: 

Heap is a native of Mesa and was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection for Arizona State before being drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. 

The two-time Pro Bowler played 10 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He caught more touchdowns (41) than anyone else in Ravens history, and is 2nd all time for the team in career receptions. He was inducted into the Raven’s Ring of Honor in 2014.

The child was the youngest of five children Heap had with his wife, Ashley.




















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