Ron Heller (tight end)

Ron Heller
No. 89, 80, 85, 82
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-09-18) September 18, 1963
Place of birth: Grass Valley, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Clark Fork (ID)
College: Oregon State
Undrafted: 1986
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 76
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Ronald Jeffrey "Ron" Heller (born September 18, 1963) is a former professional football player, a tight end in the National Football League. He played for five seasons (1987-92) for the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, and Seattle Seahawks. He was a member of the 1988 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIII, and scored five touchdowns during his pro career.

Early years

Born in Grass Valley, California, he moved with his family to Clark Fork in north Idaho when he was 12,[1] and graduated from Clark Fork High School in 1981,[2] in a senior class of 18. He was a three-sport standout in football (All-state), basketball (All-state), and track (won the state title in the 200-meter dash). He played in an 11-man league in football.

Heller accepted a football scholarship to Oregon State University. He played for the Beavers from 1981–85, where he was played as a nose guard (freshman) and linebacker (sophomore and junior), before being switched to tight end as a senior.[3][4]

In 2005, he was inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Heller was not selected in the 1986 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.[5][6] He was released before the start of the season.

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers claimed him based on a recommendation from Paul Hackett, but a preseason neck injury placed him on the injured reserve list during the 1986 season.[7] With the 49ers he was a special teams player and a part-time starter.

Atlanta Falcons

He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a Plan B free agent in 1989. He started 13 games and his 33 receptions for 324 yards, ranked him sixth in the National Football Conference.[8]

Seattle Seahawks

In 1990 after being left unprotected again, he signed as a Plan B free agent with the Seattle Seahawks.[9] He was waived on August 26, 1991.[10] After being out of football for a year, the Seahawks re-signed him on March 10, 1992.

Personal life

He left football in 1993 and spent two years at Smith Barney as a financial consultant. In 1995 he co-founded Peritus Asset Management where he is currently CEO and Senior Portfolio Advisor.


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