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.

86 responses to “Tragedy for former NFL tight end Todd Heap

  1. “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…

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

    This is a living nightmare.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    😦 😦 😦 😦

  23. 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

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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…

  33. 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.

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

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