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Family of Todd Heap asks for kindness to honor late daughter following tragic death

Family of Todd Heap asks for kindness to honor late daughter following tragic death

Former NFL tight end Todd Heap and his family went through an unimaginable tragedy. Now, they're looking to spread joy.

Police say Heap was moving a truck in the family's driveway on April 14, when he accidentally hit and killed his 3-year-old daughter Holly. 

Now, after the outpouring of condolences and sympathy from friends, the Heap family wants to pay it forward. 

The family has started the website "hugsfromholly.com" in memory of Holly, who would have turned 4 on Wednesday. 

"Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for everyone and everything in life was contagious," a statement on the site reads. "Let's spread this joy as we scatter sunshine in Holly's honor on her birthday."

The former Pro Bowl tight end played 12 seasons in the NFL, for the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, before retiring in 2013.

"Smile more," the site reads. "Compliment somebody. Write a kind note. Share treats (or chicken nuggets). Do a free lemonade stand. Leave a bigger tip than usual. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Donate a book in Holly's honor. Turn up the music and dance ... the list is endless. Be creative!"

The family has also created the hashtag #hugsfromhollyday, and they ask participants to share their acts of kindness and post them on social media. 

Hugsfromholly.com also includes an option to make a donation in their daughter's honor to the Baltimore Community Foundation, a group of charities that benefit the Baltimore area.

"Share this! Shout it from the rooftops!" the site continues. "Let's spread kindness and love and make Wednesday a HOLLYday!" 

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Tom Brady is ready to 'embrace the challenge' of starting over in Tampa Bay

Tom Brady is ready to 'embrace the challenge' of starting over in Tampa Bay

Even for the greats, the NFL offseason is a grind.

For the first two decades of his career, Tom Brady called New England home. Over that span, he's had just one head coach, Bill Belichick, and three full-time offensive coordinators: Charlie Weis, Bill O'Brien and Josh McDaniels.

Year in and year out, things remained relatively the same in New England. But with Brady leaving behind the only NFL franchise he's known for Tampa Bay this offseason, the quarterback has had to tap into a different mental state this offseason, one he hasn't been in for nearly 20 years.

"It’s been different having the opportunity with this time to move and, for example, study my playbook," Brady said Thursday via Zoom in his first media session of training camp. "I mean, I really haven’t had to do that in 19 years. You forget, 'Man, that is really tough.' Like all the different terminologies and you’re going back a very long time in my career to really put the mental energy in like I did."

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For any quarterback, switching teams is a difficult task, even for greats like Brady. However, the move this offseason has been even more difficult due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which effectively eliminated all organized offseason activities across the league.

Training camp has started league-wide, but teams are still a couple of weeks away from real, padded practices. Right now, clubs are mainly doing walkthroughs and installs, working on things that would have already been taught during minicamp and OTAs in a regular offseason.

For Brady, that's also been a difficult adjustment.

"Mentally, that has been the thing that obviously has its challenges and I think you couple that with the coronavirus situation it became even more difficult," Brady said. "I think conversations we probably would have had in April we are having now. I think that part is a bit challenging too."

However, the six-time Super Bowl champion is hoping to embrace the challenges of this pandemic-riddled offseason, rather than to use it as an excuse.

"The only thing you can do is adjust to the situation the best way you can, put as much time and energy in now as we can into it and I think the reality is the clock is ticking on everybody," Brady said. "We’re going to have to work as hard as we can and not waste any minutes of any day trying to get used to one another, embrace the challenge and see it as an opportunity to see what we can become."

And while the quarterback is still in the process of learning Bruce Arians' offensive system in Tampa, Brady reminded us in typical Brady-fashion that he's not worried about the challenges that come with it.

"Mentally, I feel like I have all the ability," Brady said. "I’ve seen every defense. There’s no play I haven’t run. There’s no defense I haven’t seen."

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Justin Bannan, 11-year NFL vet and ex-Ravens DL, pleads not guilty by insanity to attempted murder

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Justin Bannan, 11-year NFL vet and ex-Ravens DL, pleads not guilty by insanity to attempted murder

Justin Bannon, an 11-year NFL player and former Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday after appearing in court as a result of an October 2019 shooting.

Bannan, 41, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder, assault, and burglary this past October after he shot a woman in Boulder, Colorado, according to TMZ.

The woman, who was wounded in the shoulder, survived the shooting and is now suing the former NFL defensive lineman for civil damages. Bannan and the victim worked in the same building but were distantly acquainted, according to FOX 31 Denver.

Shortly after being arrested, Bannan told police he suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition that can cause the loss of reasoning skills, according to FOX 31 Denver. Bannan expressed that he didn't intend to fire at the woman and meant no harm. Additionally, he said he turned off his cell phone because he thought the Russian Mafia was tracking him.

Bannan will undergo a mental health evaluation at a Colorado hospital, according to multiple reports.

An 11-year NFL veteran, Bannan was originally a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2002 NFL Draft. After four years with Buffalo, Bannon signed a four-year contract with the Ravens. In 2008, Bannon puts together the best statistical season of his career for Baltimore, finishing with a career-high 45 tackles.

In addition to spending time with Buffalo and Baltimore, Bannan also had stints with the Rams, Broncos and Lions. He has been out of the NFL since 2013.

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