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Jake Heaps Leaves Radio Show To Be Russell Wilson’s Full-Time Coach

Jun 16, 2022, 11:14 AM | Updated: Jul 22, 2022, 11:24 am

SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU and NFL quarterback Jake Heaps announced that he is leaving his job as a sports radio host to become Russell Wilson’s full-time quarterback coach.

The co-host at Seattle Sports announced his decision on the Jake and Stacy with Stacy Rost show on Wednesday, June 15.

In recent years, Heaps has juggled his responsibilities as a radio host and a quarterback coach for players at every level of football, including the Denver Broncos’ new QB.

“It is with mixed emotions that I tell you that I will no longer be able to host on Seattle Sports’ station and will no longer be able to do the Jake and Stacy show every day,” Heaps said. “As we all know, Russell Wilson was traded and when this happened I knew that my two careers that were perfectly aligned here in Seattle had become complicated. Speaking honestly, I’ve spent the past few months working through how to make both of those work, but it became clear that it just wasn’t going to be possible. I have resigned to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach Russell Wilson full-time and develop the next generation of quarterbacks.”

Heaps, 30, is a native of Issaquah, Washington.

After a standout career at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington, Heaps signed with the BYU football program as the nation’s top quarterback prospect.

Heaps played for the Cougars from 2010-11.

During his seasons at BYU, Heaps threw for 3,768 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions with a completion rate of 57.2 percent.

Midway through the Cougars’ 2011 season, Heaps announced that he was transferring from BYU. The sophomore quarterback decided to transfer to the University of Kansas. Heaps played for the Jayhawks in 2013 before transferring to the University of Miami for the 2014 campaign. Heaps finished his college career passing for 5,233 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions with a 54.7 percent completion rate.

Heaps went undrafted in 2015 and signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets.

He was released before the start of the 2015 season. Heaps went on to spend time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016 and 2017.

During his tenure with the Seahawks, Heaps developed a relationship with NFL star Russell Wilson, who was Seattle’s quarterback until this offseason, when he was traded to Denver.

Heaps also spent time in the Canadian Football League before turning to radio and coaching full-time.

Disclosure: Seattle Sports, is part of Bonneville International, KSLSports.com’s parent company.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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