Todd Heap, a former NFL football player who also starred at Arizona State University, was behind the wheel of a truck that accidentally struck and killed his 3-year-old daughter at their home in Mesa on Friday, police have confirmed.
The accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. in the 7600 block of East Summit Trail, which is in the Las Sendas area of northeast Mesa, police said.
The child was in the driveway of the home when Heap moved a truck forward, striking her, police said.
She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Heap was born in Mesa and attended Mountain View High School, where he starred in football before attending Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. After being selected as a first round pick in 2001, he played professionally for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals until announcing his retirement in 2012.
Heap was an All-Pro tight end selection in 2003, and was inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of…