Naples offers the perfect place to raise a family. There are many activities for children and sports galore for all ages. Many of our high school athletes have gone on to play successfully at colleges throughout the United States and even in the major leagues.
Jeff Heuerman is a shining example of this success. The Denver Broncos introduced Heuerman to the media Saturday after making him a third-round pick Friday night. The former Barron Collier High star helped Ohio State win a national championship this past season. Jeff was born and raised in Naples and grew up being a hockey player and he wound up a football player, he took some of those hockey attributes and said it served him well. Broncos' vice president/general manager John Elway mentioned the tight end's hockey background as a reason for drafting him. "We think a lot of Jeff," Elway said. "We're very fortunate he was there when we were picking. He's a tough guy who loves to play the game. He'll fit right in. "He's got a lot of experience. He played hockey when he was younger, so he brings the right mentality. He was the top guy on our board at the time."
Heuerman, 6-foot-5, 254 pounds, played in 51 games in his four-year career for the Buckeyes, catching 52 passes for 792 yards and seven touchdowns. His performance in 2014, which include 17 catches, 207 yards and two TDs, earned him a second-team All-Big Ten selection. In about seven hours, Heuerman went from being drafted in the NFL to boarding a flight for Denver. The 92nd player chosen, Heuerman received congratulatory calls from coach Gary Kubiak and Elway at about 10:45 p.m. Friday. At 5:45 a.m. Saturday, he flew to the Mile High City, feeling the same.