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Published: Saturday, Jan. 8 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Slim Shady 801
Bluffdale, UT

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 his example.

Captain L
Provo, UT

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.

  • 10:03 p.m. Jan. 8, 2011
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Salt Lake City, UT

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 work Todd.

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

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. :)

  • 10:44 p.m. Jan. 8, 2011
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Salem, UT

Todd Heap is the Dale Murphy of the NFL. Great article. Thanks.

da bob
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

Salt Lake City, UT

Atta boy, Red. Judge others because you think they are judging!

Snowflake, AZ

As 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!

Old Scarecrow
Brigham City, UT

Nice article. I like these close-ups of individual players. Who wrote this one?

Eagle Mountain, UT

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?

Sun City, CA


What if any, relationship is their between the Ravens Todd Heap and BYU's Jake Heap(s)?

Thanks for your anticipated answer?

Gainesville, FL

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.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

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 stardome well!

Provo, UT

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).

Uncle Charles
Where freedom and liberty reign, utah

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 Bernie Busken.

Salt Lake City, UT

Good to hear fellas. You are restoring a little of my faith.

It's apparent that I know all the wrong BYU fans!

I Will Be Till I Die
Holladay, UT

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 Kruger!!)

Park City, UT

Stormin' Mormon

That'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!

Phoenix, AZ

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.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

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