“It’s pretty surreal,” Heap said. “There are a lot of special players in Ravens history. It’s going to be cool to be listed among them. You never know how deserving it is, but I was pumped and I think it’s going to be cool for years to come.”
Heap will be the eighth Ravens player enshrined in the Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium. Former Ravens Owner Art Modell and eight members of the Baltimore Colts are also in the Ring.
The Ravens previously had inducted linebackers Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, kicker Matt Stover, running back Jamal Lewis, and defensive end Michael McCrary.
Heap spent 10 of his 12 seasons in the NFL with the Ravens before spending the final two years with the Arizona Cardinals.
A first round pick in 2001, Heap caught 467 passes for 5,492 yards and 41 touchdowns in a Ravens uniform. His 41 touchdown catches are the most in team history.
“I have the fondest memories here from those 10 years of my life,” Heap said. “There are so many stories. I think one of the coolest things and what everyone asks me about is what it feels like to come out of that tunnel and have everyone yelling your name. That’s an experience that you can’t really forget, and something that I’ll treasure and cherish forever.”
“When you you’re retired, there are only a few things that you really, really miss,” Heap said. “And one of those is the gameday, especially at M&T Bank because you can’t duplicate that anywhere else in your life, especially with the fans the way they are in Baltimore. They’re incredible.”