Ron Heller (tight end)
|No. 89, 80, 85, 82|
|Date of birth:||September 18, 1963|
|Place of birth:||Grass Valley, California|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Clark Fork (ID)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|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.
Born in Grass Valley, California, he moved with his family to Clark Fork in north Idaho when he was 12, and graduated from Clark Fork High School in 1981, 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.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame.
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. With the 49ers he was a special teams player and a part-time starter.
In 1990 after being left unprotected again, he signed as a Plan B free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived on August 26, 1991. After being out of football for a year, the Seahawks re-signed him on March 10, 1992.
- "Obituaries: Betty Heller". Spokesman-Review. December 25, 2001. p. D7.
- Van Sickel, Charlie (February 19, 1981). "Dutch Rub". Spokane Chronicle. p. 32.
- Stalwick, Howie (September 27, 1984). "From Clark Fork to Corvallis: Heller is an unlikely starter". p. 29.
- "Heller and DeMers among 2005 Idaho Hall of Fame inductees". Bonner County Bee. January 29, 2005.
- Jenkins, Jim (October 8, 1988). "Clark fork's Heller trying not to drop the ball". Spokesman-Review. McClatchy News Service. p. B2.
- Career statistics and player information from Pro-Football-Reference • Databasefootball.com
- Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame bio
- Peritus Asset Management - Ron Heller