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Steve Heiden
Assistant Special Teams/Assistant Tight Ends
College:
South Dakota State
Hometown:
Rushford, MN
Experience:
5

Biography

Veteran NFL tight end Steve Heiden enters his fifth season with the Cardinals as an assistant coach after he joined the team as assistant special teams/assistant tight ends coach on 2/5/13.

Arizona finished the 2016 season with 418 points, the fourth-best total in team history, while having the #9 ranked offense in the NFL. It is the second straight season the Cardinals had a top-10 offense. RB David Johnson set franchise records and led the NFL with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and 20 TDs, including a team-record 16 rushing TDs.

In 2015, the Cardinals had the top ranked offense in the NFL for the first time in team history and established single-season records for points (489), TDs (59), TD passes (35), total net yards (6,533), first downs (373) and first downs passing (237).

Veteran NFL tight end Steve Heiden enters his fifth season with the Cardinals as an assistant coach after he joined the team as assistant special teams/assistant tight ends coach on 2/5/13.

Arizona finished the 2016 season with 418 points, the fourth-best total in team history, while having the #9 ranked offense in the NFL. It is the second straight season the Cardinals had a top-10 offense. RB David Johnson set franchise records and led the NFL with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and 20 TDs, including a team-record 16 rushing TDs.

In 2015, the Cardinals had the top ranked offense in the NFL for the first time in team history and established single-season records for points (489), TDs (59), TD passes (35), total net yards (6,533), first downs (373) and first downs passing (237).

After playing in the NFL for 11 seasons (1999-2009), Heiden entered the coaching ranks in 2012 as tight ends coach at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.

A third-round selection (69th overall) of the Chargers in the 1999 NFL Draft out of South Dakota State, Heiden spent three years in San Diego (1999-2001) before being traded to Cleveland where he played eight seasons with the Browns (2002-09). Over his NFL career, Heiden played 148 games with 83 starts and totaled 201 receptions for 1,689 yards and 14 TDs.

With the Browns, Heiden played two seasons (2002-03) under Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator at the time. In 2004, Heiden set a career high with five touchdown receptions, which included a franchise-record-tying three TDs in one game (@ Cincinnati, 11/28/04). He enjoyed his most productive season statistically in 2005 when he started 13 games and had 43 catches for 401 yards.

A native of Rushford, MN, Heiden played college football at South Dakota State and totaled 112 receptions for 1,499 yards and eight TDs. He earned first-team All-North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 1998 and was voted second-team All-American by The Sports Network. He is one of only 28 players in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft.

Heiden and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, Madison and Presley and a son, Walker.

Steve Heiden Coaching Breakdown

Year              School/Team                     Position

2012              Concordia University           Tight Ends

2013            ARIZONA CARDINALS      Asst. Special Teams/Asst. Tight Ends

 

NFL Playing Career

Year              Team                                 Position       

1999–2001     San Diego Chargers           Tight End

2002–2009     Cleveland Browns               Tight End

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