I have to admit that in a small way, I was startled up at training camp during the Red-White practice when new tight end Todd Heap made his first catch in the scrimmage-like workout. Heap is from Arizona, having grown up in Mesa, playing at Mesa Mountain View High School and then Arizona State. His fan base is wide and hasn’t shrunk even though the first 10 years of his NFL career were played in Baltimore. I knew that.
Still, Heap made the reception, and, as he ran upfield, the crowd of about 13,000 let out a deep-throated collective “HEEEEAAAAPPP” call.
I guess I should have expected it again Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, when the crowd was about five times bigger. Heap made the first of two 20-yard catches, and when he grabbed it and turned to run, there it was again, echoing from the fans. “HEEEEAAAAPPP”
“It’s a really cool feeling,” Heap said. “It’s hard to describe, hard to put into words. It gets me fired up, it gets the crowd fired up and excited about it, and I think it gets the sideline (with his teammates) excited as well. It’s cool when everyone gets involved like that.”
My guess is, given that the Card should be using the tight ends more this season, the Call Of The Heap will be heard many times out at UoP.
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