#WNSTSweet16 – The 16 local athletes who never won a title, but deserved to win one

January 28, 2014 | Drew Forrester


Todd Heap is #2 on the list and could easily be the ultimate “non-champion” after eleven seasons in Baltimore, most of which coincided with a yearly collection of quarterbacks that had little chance of ever leading the Ravens and Heap to a Super Bowl title.  Heap was the Ravens first round pick in 2001 and spent his first campaign as a back-up to Shannon Sharpe.  Starting in 2002 — when he earned his first of two Pro Bowl nominations — Heap was one of the NFL’s most consistent pass catchers at the tight end position and was among the favorite targets for Kyle Boller, Steve McNair and Joe Flacco.

Off the field, he and his wife Ashley raised and donated $1 million to the Franklin Square Hospital in 2007 and the “Todd Heap Family Pediatric Center”.  They were both extraordinarily active in the Baltimore cancer research community and Heap still visits Baltimore yearly to contribute to several events that contain his name and support.

Upon his release from the Ravens prior to the 2011 season, Heap and his wife took out a large ad in the daily Baltimore newspaper and thanked the organization and the fans for their support during his 11-year career with the Ravens.

(Please see next page for #1)