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Courtesy BGSU Athletic DepartmentRon Heard, a native of Detroit, Mich., earned First-Team All-MAC honors as a senior in 1989. He caught 51 passes that year, for a total of 916 yards and seven touchdowns. That concluded a BGSU career in which Heard caught at least 25 passes in each of his four years.

Heard, named an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News in his senior year, was part of a pass-catching tandem (along with Reggie Thornton) that made MAC history, as each player reached the 2,000-yard mark in career receiving. At the time of Heard's departure from BGSU, he ranked second in MAC history in career receiving yards (2,491) and ninth in career receptions (139), and the latter total was third-best in school history at that time. He left BG ranked fourth in school history with 16 touchdowns.

Heard led the MAC in receiving in his final year, with 4.6 catches per game, and his 916 receiving yards that fall ranked him second on the school seasonal record list. He had five 100-yard receiving games in that 1989 season, and was named the team's MVP. Also a track standout, Heard was the 1988 MAC Champion in the long jump, and finished second in the 100 and third in the 200. He set a school record in the latter event (:21.14).

Heard was drafted by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 1990 draft. He was released by the Steelers, but was picked up by the San Diego Chargers. He signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots in 1992, playing one season there before spending a year in the World League.

He was inducted to the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

(Information on this page courtesy bgsufalcons.com press release, September 27, 2005.)
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