As a convert to the church at 36, people like Todd Heap represent the Church in
a way that makes sense to me. He is clearly a solid person who can relate to
anyone. Not everyone joins the church because someone knocked on their door.
His life is a mission, not a two year experience. He is influencing people by
Good to see the young man living up to his principles. Sounds like he had a very
good childhood, that taught him good values and he has had the courage to live
by them.With that attitude about politics and voting to assure we try to
keep good people in pulic office, Heaps may have a future in politics.
Great story!!! I love it. Todd sounds like a great dude and someone I would
love to hang out with.There are plenty of great Mormon players that have
played for other teams other than BYU. I always get the feeling that that the
BYU fans think they are a little less of a person because they didn't play at
byu. It's great to see Todd being a great example to everyone in the
world who is paying attention to the sport of football.Keep up the great
Thanks for the nice article. Didn't know much about this player, and I was happy
to read about him and how he stands out from the NFL crowd. I may just cheer for
the Ravens since the Colts are out. :)
Todd Heap is the Dale Murphy of the NFL. Great article. Thanks.
Awesome article, I didn't know he was LDS.Mr Red-You are crazy
to think BYU fans think less of LDS members that play somewhere else! Most Y
fans I know (me included) don't care if the person is LDS and doesn't care
wether he is playing for/against the other team. If anything, we want people
that share similar believes to do well wherever they play, and any other
religion or group would feel the same way.By the way, back in
September against Washington, BYU brought back and introduced all their storied
QBs during half time, and guess who got the loudest applause? Jim McMahon
did, and he isn't LDS (and doesn't live anything like an LDS person). ...but he
was a crazy guy who played awesome on the field. That's why we love him!
Atta boy, Red. Judge others because you think they are judging!
@RedAs a BYU alumnus, of course I first cheer for fellow Cougars. As a
sports fan and a Mormon, I "seek after" anything praiseworthy or of
good report. Todd Heap sounds like a great guy, and the story is both faith
promoting and evangelical. Of course, Dennis Pitta is my favorite Raven!
Nice article. I like these close-ups of individual players. Who wrote this
Your wrong Red. I follow all players who are LDS in the NFL. I don't usually
watch the games but I am equally happy for all LDS players success as well as
all non-LDS players who have these same qualities and I believe there are many.
On the other hand I look forward to the retirement of showoffs and those who
promote damaging lifestyles. People like Heap have a great influence on many
people being in the spotlight as they are. Don't judge, you might get people
thinking that all LDS think that way. I was taught better, weren't you?
Question:What if any, relationship is their between the Ravens Todd
Heap and BYU's Jake Heap(s)?Thanks for your anticipated answer?
Re: optimist. No relationship.Thanks for this nice article. I knew
Todd in the "old" days before his NFL time. He was a great person back
then - very nice, courteous, and intelligent.
Great article. Someone spent a lot of time doing research and interviews.Red is right about the fact some people see BYU as religion when really
it is just an institution. Going to another school doesn't make you any less of
a good member of the church. Red just made a generalization that he probably
shouldn't have.I for one cheer Heap, Ngata and all the other NFL
mormon players who didn't go to BYU. I hope they all play hard and use their
Red, I am sure you meant well with your comment, but you can count me as yet
another BYU fan who proves your generalization wrong. As a BYU fan, I first
cheer for former BYU players (LDS or not) who go pro, but I also cheer for and
have just as much respect for people like Heap, Ngata, and others who are LDS
and go pro but chose not to go to BYU (or didn't even consider BYU).
Another Mtn View Toro makes good in the NFL. ToroNation is everywhere!Strange that they mention Robinson as his high school when actually it was
Good to hear fellas. You are restoring a little of my faith.It's
apparent that I know all the wrong BYU fans!
Great story! Glad the DNews picked it up. As to the question regarding who
wrote the story, it's at the top of each page - it appeared in the Baltimore
Sun, was done by one of their staffers, and was obviously geared to their local
(and mostly non-LDS) audience.Go Ravens! (especially Reid and
Stormin' MormonThat's how Chris Berman referred to him once when he
was galloping to the endzone. What a fantastic nickname! I'd like to know the
genesis of it.What a timely article as Todd had a career day today.
Congrats to the Ravens!
Great story about a great guy. What a class act. Just like Ngata, Kruger, and
Pitta. Also loved the recent stories about Duece Litui from the Cardinals and
all the Oregon LDS players. All great examples about living life with faith and
reaching high expectations.I always root for the Cougars, but also
root for such great guys like Todd Heaps.
BYU supporters say that they don't look down on non-BYU Mormons. That is true of
the large majority of BYU supporters. However, a few in the minority do this and
make the whole look bad. Non-BYU Mormons like myself have to be fair and not
judge the overwhelming majority of BYU supporters because of the bad judgments
of a few in their fan base. I just hope they do the same when a few in the Ute
fan base makes the whole look bad.This was a nice article. But I
will root for the Mormons on the Steelers as my favorites!
Optimist-I do not know if Todd Heaps is related to Jake Heaps. But, here we go BYU haters- Todd is related to Max Hall. Oh the shame!!! Todd
and Max are 2nd cousins. Todd is a cousin once-removed of Danny White and his
great uncle is Whizzer White, the ASU great who still owns 20 some records at
ASU. I love BYU, but ASU is in Todd Heaps blood.
Sorry-it is Todd Heap. Just got excited. That is why I assume he is not
related to Jake Heaps.
Why does a person's religion have to be brought up at all?Why would
you discriminate against those NFL players who are not LDS?Many of
you LDS never even MET the guy, but you claim to be a fan simply because he is
the same religion as you?What does religion have to do with
football? Why do you try to force the two together?This is silly.
Sweet game he had this weekend!!! Good to know he is a family man of good
character and faith. (Although apparently not enough faith to serve a
mission....)OK, y'all, bring it now...
Great article. I love to watch Todd Heap play. I had a missionary companion
from Arizona who was a huge ASU fan that was named Ralph Heap. Ralph would be
about 60 years old. Does anyone know if their is a relationship between Ralph
and Todd? The aritcle said that Todd's father's name is Bob.
Why bring up his religion, you ask?This is a human interest story
about an individual in the public eye -- a Pro-Bowl caliber player on the
Ravens. In an environment often given to excess, as the writer notes, this guy
Heap stands out. And it sounds to me that this guy's adherence to his religious
beliefs are the reason this guy stands out.