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Jeff Heath





Saginaw Valley State
5 Years Pro

2016 Season

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04/13/16:  Signed a four-year contract as a restricted free agent with Dallas through 2019.

05/10/13: Signed with Dallas as a rookie free agent.


Gameday Photos


Considered a long-shot to make the team after signing with Dallas as an undrafted free agent, Jeff Heath defied the odds by not only making the active roster out of training camp, but playing in all 16 games and settling in as one of the team’s starting safeties in 2013. Heath started his rookie campaign as a special teamer and reserve defensive back, but finished the year with nine starts at strong safety. He was sixth on the squad with 60 tackles, tops with 13 special teams stops, and had a 50-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, along with an interception, six breakups, one pressure and a forced fumble. He spent 2014 and 2015 as a reserve safety and special teams cover ace, finishing atop the special teams tackle chart in 2015 while also leading the defense with a career-high two interceptions. Heath mixed into the defensive back rotation in 2016, tallying 20 tackles while also playing on special teams. He hopes for a bigger role, and possibly a starting job, in 2017 as Dallas’ secondary lost three starters and a key back up in free agency.



  • Played in all 16 games for the second straight season, third overall, and tallied 20 tackles, two breakups and an interception while placing third on special teams with seven tackles.
  • At San Francisco (10/2) appeared in his 50th career game and had a pair of special teams tackles then had two tackles in the win at Green Bay (10/16).
  • Saw time on defense in the win over Washington (11/24) on Thanksgiving Day and tallied five tackles.
  • Intercepted a pass - his third career against the Bucs - in the win over Tampa Bay (12/18).
  • Had four tackles on defense and a special teams stop in the finale at Philadelphia (1/1/17).
  • Logged one of his best games as a pro in the Divisional Playoff Game against Green Bay (1/15/17), posting one tackle, his first career sack, a hurry, one pass breakup, an interception and a special teams tackle.


  • Played in all 16 games for the second time in his career and tied for the team lead with nine special teams tackles while posting 26 tackles and a team-best and career-high two interceptions as a reserve defensive back.
  • Had six tackles against Philadelphia (11/8), then had two tackles and two interceptions - the first multi-inter- ception game of his career and first Cowboy with two interceptions in a game since Bruce Carter in 2014 (at Washington, Dec. 28) - at Tampa Bay (11/15).
  • Topped 100 career tackles after a seven-stop performance on Thanksgiving Day against Carolina (11/26).
  • Forced a fumble on a punt return at Washington (12/7) that led to Dallas’ only touchdown of the game.


  • Played in 14 games and tallied 16 tackles as a reserve safety and eight special team stops.
  • Had three tackles as a reserve safety on defense and a team-best two special teams stops in the win over the N.Y. Giants (10/19).
  • Tallied three tackles on defense against Arizona (11/2) and two along with a team-best three special teams stops at Jacksonville (11/9) in London.
  • Had three tackles in the comeback win at the N.Y. Giants (11/23) but suffered a thumb injury in the first half.
  • Saw extended playing time with Barry Church (quad) slowed in the Divisional Playoff Game at Green Bay (1/11/15) and posted seven tackles and a breakup.


  • Earned a roster spot out of training camp as an undrafted free agent and played in all 16 games. Became a starting safety for the final nine games and finished with 60 tackles (sixth on the team) and a team-best 13 special teams tackles.
  • Made his NFL debut in the opening win over the N.Y. Giants (9/8), playing on special teams, and notched his first career stop.
  • Saw fourth quarter action in the win over St. Louis (9/22) and had three defensive tackles - the first three of his career.
  • Saw extended playing time, rotating at both safety spots through all four quarters at Philadelphia (10/20), and notched one tackle and one stop on special teams.
  • Had his first career start in place of J.J. Wilcox (knee) and led the team with 12 tackles at Detroit (10/27).
  • At New Orleans (11/10) started in place of Wilcox (knee) and was third on the team with a career-high 13 tackles with two pass breakups and a special teams stop.
  • Had eight tackles, his first career fumble recovery and touchdown (50-yard return) at the N.Y. Giants (11/24).
  • Intercepted his first career pass to go with three tackles, a hurry and a breakup in the come-back win at Wash- ington (12/22).


  • For his career, started 30-of-35 games, recording 219 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and forcing and recovering four fumbles at Saginaw Valley State.
  • As a senior made the 2012 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team defense with 77 tackles, three tackles for losses, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, five interceptions and seven pass breakups while starting all 11 games.
  • Started all 11 games as a junior, earning second-team All-GLIAC honors after totaling 81 tackles, one sack, nine tackles for loss, forced and recovered one fumble, three pass breakups and had one interception for a return of 46 yards.
  • Appeared in eight games, starting seven, as a sophomore and ended the season with 49 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception and recovered two fumbles.
  • As a freshman, appeared in five games and started one, recording 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one intercep- tion, one deflected pass and forced and recovered a fumble.


  • Prepped at Lake Orion, Mich., High School where he was voted all-league, All-North Conference, all-state finalist, Big Play Player of the Year, recipient of the Big Stick Award for hardest hitter and team captain.
  • Majored in criminal science at Saginaw Valley State.


  • 2013 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
  • 2013-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
  • 2013 The Salvation Army YET Kaboom Playground Build.
  • 2014-17 Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
  • 2014 NFL Play 60 clinic, London, England.
  • 2014 Fan Appreciation Pep Rally, London, England.
  • 2016 Fashion’s for First Downs Dallas Cowboys Women’s Charity Fashion Show.
  • 2016 Early Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army.
  • 2017 Taste of the Cowboys benefiting North Texas Food Bank.
  • 2017 Home Run Derby Competition benefiting the Salvation Army.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Kickoff Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.


Career Stats


Recent Games

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16DETW 42-213210-1-----0-
15TBW 26-201100-11---00-
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12WASW 31-263210-0-----0-
11BALW 27-171010-0-----0-
10@PITW 35-302200-0-----0-
9@CLEW 35-101100-0-----0-
8PHIW 29-231010-0-----0-
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4@SFW 24-172110-0-----0-
3CHIW 31-170------------
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defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

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Chicago Bears10----------
Cincinnati Bengals10----------
Cleveland Browns11100-0-----
Detroit Lions13210-1-----
Green Bay Packers12200-0-----
Minnesota Vikings10----------
New York Giants22200-0-----
Philadelphia Eagles25230-0-----
Pittsburgh Steelers12200-0-----
San Francisco 49ers12110-0-----
Tampa Bay Buccaneers11100-110191919
Washington Redskins24310-0-----

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

Outside Own Division1012930-210191919
vs AFC Teams44310-0-----
vs NFC Teams12191360-210191919
vs Own Division611740-0-----

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defensive splits - split by STADIUM

AT&T Stadium810640-210191919
FirstEnergy Stadium11100-0-----
Heinz Field12200-0-----
Lambeau Field12200-0-----
Levi's Stadium12110-0-----
Lincoln Financial Field14220-0-----
MetLife Stadium11100-0-----
U.S. Bank Stadium10----------

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defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)23210-0-----
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