Former Ravens Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap was only a day or so into training camp of his rookie season when he got his first “Welcome to the NFL” moment.
Fortunately it came in practice when teammate and defensive end Rob Burnett didn’t have his game face on.
“I didn’t have a lot of time and Rob Burnett had some of the quickest hands I had ever seen,” said Heap, the No. 31 overall pick in the 2001 draft. “I went out to block him and he grabbed my arm and elbow. He didn’t snap my arm, but he could have.
“He just gave it back to me and said, ‘You’re going to need that arm for the rest of this season.’ He was suggesting to me that the little things make a difference in...