Former Seahawks QB Jake Heaps to compete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior


It’s been several years since Jake Heaps stepped on the football field for the Seattle Seahawks, but the former NFL quarterback believes he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Heaps, who competed as backup behind Russell Wilson in 2016 and 2017, penned a note to Twitter Monday announcing he will be competing on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.

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The recent Talkin' Seahawks guest called the show a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” He also said his four-year-old son, Jackson, will serve as his coach.

Heaps, a former five-star recruit out of Skyline High School in the Seattle area, began his college career at BYU before transferring after his sophomore season in the wake of losing his starting job. Heaps spent time at Kansas and Miami before signing with the New York Jets in 2015 as an undrafted free agent.


The 29-year-old had two stints in Seattle where he was added to the backup QB competition. Following his NFL career, Heaps teamed up with Russell Wilson to create the Russell Wilson Passing Academy to help young quarterbacks. He is also a sports radio host for 710 ESPN Seattle on the show “Jake and Stacy.”

Heaps will likely be on season 13 of American Ninja Warrior which was just confirmed last week. Round one of the competition is reportedly expected to be held at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., during the week of March 26.