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Former BYU QB Jake Heaps says he’ll be on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ TV show

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BYU’s Jake Heaps directs his receivers against San Diego State University at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

Jake Heaps has pursued a variety of endeavors since his days as a football player, including high-profile quarterback instructor and radio host in Seattle, and now the former BYU signal caller is apparently adding another interesting item to his resume.

Heaps announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will be competing on the NBC show “American Ninja Warrior,” jokingly adding that his 4-year-old son, Jackson, will be his coach.

NBC Sports Northwest’s Lindsey Wisniewski reported Monday that the first round of season 13 of the show will be in Tacoma, Washington, the week of March 26. Barrett Sports Media’s Brandon Contes noted that “doesn’t leave him too much time to prepare and shape up for the competition.”

A Washington native, Heaps was the top quarterback prospect in the entire country in the class of 2010 out of Washington but never lived up to his billing. He ultimately transferred from BYU to Kansas and then again from Kansas to Miami before short stints with a number of professional teams, including the NFL’s New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.

After his playing days concluded in 2017, Heaps became the head quarterback coach at the Russell Wilson Quarterback Academy, and he also coaches at the Elite 11 annual high school events. Additionally, he hosts a daily show on 710 ESPN Seattle.