The Rare Disease Champion Award
is given annually to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.
University: University of Utah
Vitals: 6-5, 255-pound linebacker/defensive end
Rare Disease Connection: During the offseason prior to his senior season for the Utes, Reilly found out his 1-year-old daughter, Shayn, had kidney cancer. After doctors removed a fist-sized tumor, Shayn underwent weekly chemotherapy treatments that carried over into the 2013 season.
Quick Hits: A one-time walk-on, Reilly finished as a three-year starter at end and linebacker… Was an All-Pac 12 selection after posting 100 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries in 2013. He led a Utah defense that ranked first in the nation in sacks in all those categories… Finished his career at Utah with 235 tackles, including 37 for a loss… Ranked as one of the top five defensive ends in the upcoming NFL Draft, Reilly’s stock is on the rise and he’s projected as a potential second-round pick.