Ron Heller
No. 89, 80, 85, 82
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1963-09-18) September 18, 1963 (age 59)
Grass Valley, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Clark Fork (ID)
College:Oregon State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:76
Player stats at · PFR

Ronald Jeffrey Heller (born September 18, 1963) is a former professional football tight end in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, and Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Oregon State University.

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 8-man league in football.

Heller accepted a football scholarship to Oregon State University. He played for the Beavers from 1981–85, where he 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

Heller 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 was CEO and Senior Portfolio Advisor. He is currently the head of Partner Development at PlanMember in Carpinteria, CA.


  1. ^ "Obituaries: Betty Heller". Spokesman-Review. December 25, 2001. p. D7.
  2. ^ Van Sickel, Charlie (February 19, 1981). "Dutch Rub". Spokane Chronicle. p. 32.
  3. ^ Stalwick, Howie (September 27, 1984). "From Clark Fork to Corvallis: Heller is an unlikely starter". p. 29.
  4. ^ "New season, new position". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Heller and DeMers among 2005 Idaho Hall of Fame inductees". Bonner County Bee. January 29, 2005.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Jim (October 8, 1988). "Clark fork's Heller trying not to drop the ball". Spokesman-Review. McClatchy News Service. p. B2.
  7. ^ "Clark Fork's Heller trying not to drop the ball". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Falcons keep 4 free agents on roster". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Heller hopes Seahawks give him a place to stay". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2017.