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Tragedy for former NFL tight end Todd Heap

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The worst nightmare for any parent happened on Friday for former NFL tight end Todd Heap. While moving a truck in the driveway at his home, Heap accidentally struck his three-year-old daughter. She died at a local hospital.

It’s the kind of tragedy that will alter forever Heap’s life and those of other surviving family members. We extend our deepest condolences to Todd Heap and his family as they grieve, and as they eventually try to find a way to move forward with lives that never will be the same.

Heap, a first-round pick in 2001, spent 10 years with the Ravens and two with the Cardinals.

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  1. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 15, 2017 5:14 AM

    Such a tragedy. Prayers and condolences to the Heap family. RIP little angel.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 15, 2017 5:15 AM

    My condolences to the Heap family, friends, and fans.

  3. ronfai says: Apr 15, 2017 5:19 AM

    That’s so awful and tragic. Prayers for the family.

  4. 60for90 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:21 AM

    My deepest sympathy to Todd Heap and family.

  5. frk49rs says: Apr 15, 2017 5:22 AM

    So sorry, I can not even imagine.

  6. otheirony says: Apr 15, 2017 5:31 AM

    Deepest sympathies and prayers to the Heap family. Totally sucks.

  7. stephenpaulfreese says: Apr 15, 2017 5:42 AM

    “Mr Heap has raised money for sick and disadvantaged children through a charitable foundation, opening the Todd Heap Family Pediatric Center in Baltimore in 2010”

    Another great man suffers the worst of all tragedies…My first son of SIDS at ten weeks old and two months later, the wife left, mentally bewildered by the event. I cried off and on for a year, but recovered, she returned but the scars will always be there.

    This will be for him even worse than my which I can not comprehend because he will blame himself…Pray for him and his entire family. That is the only thing that can possibly help him through this darkness…

  8. mcjon22 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:46 AM

    I have no words,

    My thoughts and prayers are with this man and his family.

  9. jimmysee says: Apr 15, 2017 5:56 AM

    Can not be anything sadder. :’-(

  10. 700levelvet says: Apr 15, 2017 6:00 AM


  11. joetoronto says: Apr 15, 2017 6:28 AM

    He’s going to need help forever and I wish him and the family all the best.

    This is a living nightmare.

  12. nukaten says: Apr 15, 2017 6:49 AM

    Worst nightmare is an understatement. So very sorry Todd Heap.

  13. 513guy says: Apr 15, 2017 6:55 AM

    Beyond horrific. As a father myself I can’t possibly fathom what Heap and the rest of his family must be going through.

    Deepest sympathies.

  14. handsofsteelheartofstone says: Apr 15, 2017 7:01 AM

    So sorry.

  15. macbull says: Apr 15, 2017 7:03 AM

    Thoughts and prayers for the family…

  16. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: Apr 15, 2017 7:06 AM

    No words.. Just tears an prayers.!

  17. tombradysdeflatedballs says: Apr 15, 2017 7:08 AM

    My deepest sympathies to the Heap family during this most difficult time…….

  18. channer81 says: Apr 15, 2017 7:46 AM


  19. tourgrip says: Apr 15, 2017 7:48 AM

    No words…… god bless you Todd.

  20. doublebase says: Apr 15, 2017 8:01 AM

    Terrible. Feel terrible for this guy and his family.

  21. keiselsbeard says: Apr 15, 2017 8:04 AM

    God’s blessings to him & his family. I can’t even fathom that kind of pain.

  22. Iknowitall says: Apr 15, 2017 8:06 AM

    So sad on many levels.
    as a father, I can only imagine the pain and guilt he must be feeling. I hope the family heals, and the daughter is well taken care of above.

  23. bvolke says: Apr 15, 2017 8:18 AM

    The nightmare of all nightmares for any parent. Prayers to the Heap family.

  24. goldtooth80 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:24 AM

    Just terrible…I could not imagine what he is going through

  25. filmex2000 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:30 AM

    I met Todd when he played here at ASU and he couldn’t have been nicer or more generous with his time…completely down to earth.

    This news is so, so sad. I hope he and his family find Peace.

  26. steeldominance says: Apr 15, 2017 8:31 AM

    Wow. This is heartbreaking. I hope he and his family get the help that they need.

  27. abninf says: Apr 15, 2017 8:34 AM

    Man, I wouldn’t be able to go on living if it was me. I would just lay down and die. That’s the worst.

  28. maust1013 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:37 AM

    Gut wrenching, I can’t even conceive of the anguish he and his family are suffering.

  29. painkiller20 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:53 AM

    Absolutely terrible. Todd Heap is a great person too. Sad sad story. Could not imagine.

  30. camdenyard says: Apr 15, 2017 9:01 AM

    My wife was part of the organization that worked with Todd when he set up has fundraising efforts for a new pediatric center at a local Baltimore hospital, named after him. He and his wife Ashley are great with kids and he was so proud of that. He was very gracious to the hospital staff, so down to earth and kind.

    This news is just so terrible because it strikes at the heart of what Todd was all about. Pray for them.

  31. nyneal says: Apr 15, 2017 9:03 AM

    That is just horrible. We’re not supposed to ask, “why”? But why???? With all the dirt bags in this world, why an precious, innocent child like that?
    My deepest sympathy toward the Heap family.

  32. fatsolio says: Apr 15, 2017 9:20 AM

    Wow, that is horrible. Hopefully he’ll be able to get through this as I doubt I could.

  33. darcrequiem says: Apr 15, 2017 9:20 AM

    Terribly tragic. I feel for Mr. Heap and his family in their time of grief.

  34. fin1fan says: Apr 15, 2017 9:23 AM

    As a father I can’t even imagine the anguish. Condolences to the Heap family.

  35. flaccodelic says: Apr 15, 2017 9:27 AM

    Gut-wrenching and awful. Heap is a great guy, no one deserves this. My thoughts are with his family and him as they try to process this.

  36. atwaterslaughter says: Apr 15, 2017 9:43 AM

    I have a 3 year old daughter and I wouldn’t want to live anymore after something like this. My heart goes out to he and his family.

  37. onebuffalove716 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:48 AM

    Im always moving my cars in my driveway for my kids (9,6) to play and this is one of my biggest fears. Best of luck to him in this life changing event.

  38. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Apr 15, 2017 9:50 AM

    I hope the people in Todd’s life insist on him getting some help.

    “Being a man” in the midst of devastating emotional trauma can lead to VERY dark places.

  39. bird2urmother says: Apr 15, 2017 9:52 AM

    So sad. Hopefully God can give their family the strength to get through this. I know I would be broken over this. I read this article as I’m laying here next to my 2 year old daughter. Give your family hugs and make sure you tell them you love them.

  40. jason9696 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:55 AM

    Poor guy. I don’t think you can ever get over something like that.

  41. therealtrenches says: Apr 15, 2017 10:09 AM

    Be strong, Todd. We are all human. Here’s hoping you find support among your family, friends, and loved ones.

    I am the father of a 4 year old girl. She is the light of my life. I can only imagine the pain.

  42. jaxjeff says: Apr 15, 2017 10:45 AM

    RIP Baby Girl. Condolences to the entire family

  43. kferguson2002 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:00 AM

    Back when I was 9 me and my friends helped my dad move an old car. I ended up getting trapped under the car and dragged a few feet down the street, face down. He was so scared he literally pushed the car from on top of me by himself. To this day that’s the only time in my life I’ve ever seen him cry; while I was laying there bloody on the ER table. But I’m 32 now and still have some nice scars to remember that day.

  44. truninerfan49 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:01 AM

    I have a 3 year old and I don’t know how I could carry on if something like this happened. God bless that child and the Heap family. I hope he gets the help and support he will need after this tragedy.

  45. mrboado says: Apr 15, 2017 11:02 AM

    Words cannot express the sorrow at hearing this. Sincere condolences to the Heap family. I hope their friends and family circle around them with love and support.

  46. 1pavikingfan says: Apr 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    Prayers and Condolences for the Heap Family.

  47. bengalsfan2079 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:09 AM

    What a tragedy no one deserves that to happen to them and I just can’t fathom the feeling of what he’s going through right now. Heart goes out to his family.

  48. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 15, 2017 11:26 AM

    As a father I have thought about this scenario and how it would pretty much end life for me as i knew it. It is the worst possible thing I could imagine occurring. I am so sad to hear it happened to Mr Heap. No words

  49. stinkymcmulligan says: Apr 15, 2017 11:33 AM


  50. whodey420 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:33 AM

    I don’t have any kids but I can imagine what he’s going through. It’s gotta be horrible. Condolences.

  51. jm91rs says: Apr 15, 2017 11:57 AM

    As the father of a 3 year old girl, I can’t do anything but great y when I think of this. Prayers to heap and his family

  52. billswillnevermove says: Apr 15, 2017 11:59 AM

    Just an awful story. My heart goes out to Todd and his family.

  53. southpaw79 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:02 PM

    As I am running around right now preparing for my daughter’s 10th birthday party today, thinking about how stressful and chaotic things can get, I hear about a story like this. We all need to appreciate everything and everyone we have around us, as much as possible, each and everyday. I am so sorry for you Mr. Heap. I can only hope that over time and with the love and compassion from your friends and family you will be able to move forward. The hurt will never truly end, but you will be able to move forward for the rest of your family.

  54. bradygirl12 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:13 PM

    My heart goes out to Todd Heap and his family today. You are in the thoughts of prayers of many,many people.

  55. thirdand43 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:13 PM

    Unfathomable grief. Prayers going up.

  56. ad28bestever says: Apr 15, 2017 12:42 PM

    Man, what a horrible tragedy. Can’t imagine what the Heap family is going through. With a 5 and 3 year old of my own, I can’t even fathom what this would be like. God Speed to that entire family.

  57. dublindemonszfl says: Apr 15, 2017 12:44 PM

    Very unfortunate accident, thought and prayers to the Heap family

  58. imodan says: Apr 15, 2017 12:51 PM

    No words could be said to ease the pain of this family. I’m reminded that football is a game, a job to these men. It’s a wake up call that none have the next minute of our lives guaranteed and that it should be a good idea to put life into perspective. Appreciate all of it.

  59. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 15, 2017 1:34 PM

    I wouldn’t be able to handle something like this. It would probably kill me.

  60. guitarkevin says: Apr 15, 2017 1:46 PM

    What an absolutely devastating event. I know Todd is a man of faith, so I hope he can find strength through that faith to help him through this absolutely horrific time.

    May God bless your family Todd and help you through this time of grief. May your daughter never be forgotten.

    😦 😦 😦 😦

  61. 1phillyphan says: Apr 15, 2017 2:22 PM

    Everybody please go hug your kids..You don’t know how precious life is till you lose somebody. Everything we do is for our kids. I can’t imagine the pain they are going thru. I hope all his friends and firmer teammates give him a support system to keep him safe. He’s going to need it. He will blame himself and he shouldn’t. My prayers go out to his family’s

  62. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 15, 2017 2:29 PM

    Oh my. I can’t even imagine what he is going through. That has to be horrible. I hope he can get past this tragedy.

  63. 2daughters1son says: Apr 15, 2017 2:42 PM

    Prayers and condolences to this Sun Devil from our Sun Devil family. God Bless

  64. patsfan1820 says: Apr 15, 2017 3:06 PM

    I hope Todd Heap can recover from this, but honestly something that messed up would probably haunt anybody forever.

  65. jbraider says: Apr 15, 2017 4:37 PM

    Hands down the worst news I have ever read on this site. May God comfort him and his family is this difficult time

  66. badmoonrison says: Apr 15, 2017 4:42 PM

    Sad. God bless the Heap Family.

  67. purpleguy says: Apr 15, 2017 5:21 PM

    There is not one single thing worse in life than losing a child, let alone losing one that way. All you can do is pray for that family.

  68. jedimasterbates says: Apr 15, 2017 5:45 PM

    To anyone thumbing down these condolences, you aren’t funny and you have no class. Pathetic.

  69. leatherface2012 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:48 PM

    bird2urmother says:
    Apr 15, 2017 9:52 AM
    So sad. Hopefully God can give their family the strength to get through this. I know I would be broken over this. I read this article as I’m laying here next to my 2 year old daughter. Give your family hugs and make sure you tell them you love them.

    keep the fake sky fairy out of it

  70. spcoltrane says: Apr 15, 2017 7:18 PM

    First, sincere condolences to Todd Heap and to his family.

    Second, regardless of one’s opinion about God (i.e., whether you’re religious or anti-religion), how can anyone be giving thumbs down to well intended expressions of sympathy and condolence to the Heap family while they struggle through the aftermath of this tragic accident?

  71. unoduotres says: Apr 15, 2017 7:25 PM

    I cannot possibly imagine why any one could dislike any of the comments posted about this tragedy.

  72. selliott504 says: Apr 15, 2017 7:51 PM

    God’s comfort and healing for the Heap family!

  73. sidelinecameraman says: Apr 15, 2017 7:58 PM

    Unoduotres only buttheads can dislike comments conveying sympathy….

  74. crik911 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:10 PM

    People giving Thumbs Down are the reason society is the way it is today. To think, those people are aloud to breed.

    My condolences to the Heap family for their tremendous loss. I know he isn’t going to read this stuff, But I hope if he does it makes him feel better.

  75. mcquillian says: Apr 15, 2017 8:16 PM

    So sorry. Prayers and thoughts are with Todd and his family.

  76. gjbrew says: Apr 15, 2017 8:48 PM

    How anybody could vote thumbs down is beyond me. Must be evil people.

  77. 1phillyphan says: Apr 15, 2017 9:45 PM

    I have one word for the thumbs down basement trolls…Karma

  78. theroc5156 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:52 PM

    To the “people” who are putting a thumbs-down on these statements, do us all a favor and kill yourselves.

  79. breadmeatcheese says: Apr 15, 2017 10:09 PM

    if someone else had run over his kid everyone would yelling negligence, but since the parent did it, it is being called an act of randomness worthy of condolences and sympathies.

    todd heap was negligent;

    he obviously had no clue where his infant was;

    or he though he could tell it to stay put while he moved his truck with it hanging around;

    or he forgot where it was an straight up ran over it;

    the kid deserved way, way better than this.

  80. jaxon51 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:26 PM

    So sad- thoughts and prayers to Heap family

  81. SB8VikingFan says: Apr 15, 2017 11:28 PM

    No words! Thoughts and prayers and tears! Broke my heart! #FlyAngelFly

  82. onebuffalove716 says: Apr 16, 2017 3:08 AM

    or he though he could tell it to stay put while he moved his truck with it hanging around;

    or he forgot where it was an straight up ran over it;

    the kid deserved way, way better than this.

    Who the hell consistently refers to a child as it…

  83. decapitateme says: Apr 16, 2017 3:53 AM

    How the hell do you run over your 3 year old dead and not know where she was? Did she sneak out of the house for a smoke? Why wasn’t the door locked? Who was watching her?

    A terrible tragedy for sure, heart breaking, life altering, but possibly better parenting could have avoided this. Condolences to the family. This is an unimaginable nightmare but I def know where my kids are when I back out of the garage.

  84. toddsuperbowles says: Apr 16, 2017 11:43 AM

    Just awful. Thoughts and prayers to the Heaps. Now cue the Patriots fans blaming this on Goodell, Harbaugh, Irsay and Woody…

  85. concretejimmy52 says: Apr 16, 2017 12:59 PM

    He was the best TE the Ravens ever had. Excellent character. I hope the family recovers.

  86. ravforlife says: Apr 17, 2017 10:04 AM

    May God shine his light upon the Heap family. So tragic, heartbreaking.

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