Konrad Reuland
Reuland with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012
No. 88, 87, 86     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-04-04)April 4, 1987
Place of birth: Springfield, Ohio
Date of death: December 12, 2016(2016-12-12) (aged 29)
Place of death: Los Angeles, California
Career information
College: Stanford
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*San Francisco 49ers ( 2011)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Receptions     12
Receiving yards     90
Touchdowns     0

Konrad Albert Reuland (April 4, 1987 – December 12, 2016) was an American football tight end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He attended the University of Notre Dame, and later went to Stanford University. Undrafted out of college, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, and was also a member of the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens.

High school and collegeEdit

Konrad Albert Reuland was born in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Canadian-born Ralf Volker Reuland and Illinois-born Mary Arlene Reuland (née Puchalski).[1] Reuland attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, helping their basketball team to reach the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section and state championships as a freshman in 2003. Before his sophomore year, he transferred to Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, California, and played for their gridiron football team. With Reuland, Mission Viejo had a 39–2 win–loss record. He also continued playing basketball for Mission Viejo, and graduated in 2006.[2][3]

Reuland enrolled at the University of Notre Dame to play college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2006 and 2007. He transferred to Stanford University in 2008, and sat out for the season according to transfer rules. In 2009, he appeared in 13 games for the Stanford Cardinal, catching six passes for 142 yards.[4] Reuland recorded 21 receptions for 209 yards with Stanford in 2010.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Reuland signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.[3] The 49ers kept Reuland on their practice squad for the 2011 season.[5] Reuland was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets on September 1, 2012.[6] During the 2012 season, Reuland had 11 receptions for 83 yards, the longest for 18. He was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury on November 19, 2013.[7] Reuland signed with the Indianapolis Colts on October 21, 2014.[8] He was released on October 30.[3]

The Baltimore Ravens signed Reuland to their practice squad on November 12, 2014.[3] On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Ravens.[9] He signed with the Ravens' practice squad the following day,[10] and was released on September 8.[11] On October 13, 2015, the Ravens re-signed Reuland to the practice squad.[3] On November 4, 2015, Reuland was released.[3] On November 18, he was re-signed to the practice squad.[12] On December 8, the Ravens promoted Reuland to the active roster after Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams went down with injuries and Nick Boyle was suspended for the remainder of the season.[3] On July 31, 2016, Reuland was signed by the Colts.[13] He played in three preseason games for the Colts, making one catch for ten yards. He was released on August 29.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Reuland was a close friend of NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez. The two knew each other since elementary school, and were high school football teammates at Mission Viejo, in addition to later being NFL teammates on the Jets.[16]


Reuland suffered a brain aneurysm on November 28, 2016, and underwent surgery the following day. He died on December 12 at the UCLA Medical Center.[17][18][19] His heart and one of his kidneys were donated and transplanted into MLB Hall of Fame player Rod Carew. His other kidney and liver were donated and transplanted into two other people.[18][20][21]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Konrad Albert Reuland (b. 1987)". Ohio Birth Records. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  2. Albano, Dan (December 13, 2016). "Former Mission Viejo star and NFL player Konrad Reuland dies at 29". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "Indianapolis Colts: Konrad Reuland". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  4. "Player Bio: Konrad Reuland". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  5. Inman, Cam (December 13, 2016). "49ers Colin Kaepernick, Shayne Skov mourn Konrad Reuland’s death: Reuland, a Stanford product, spent 2011 on 49ers practice squad". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  6. "Jets Announce Roster, Practice Squad Moves". September 1, 2012. Archived from the original on September 1, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  7. Cimini, Rich (November 20, 2013). "Jets place TE Reuland on IR". Archived from the original on November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  8. White, R.J. (October 21, 2014). "Colts add Jeff Demps, Konrad Reuland to practice squad". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  9. Downing, Garrett (September 5, 2015). "Ravens trim 2015 roster to 53 players". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  10. Downing, Garrett (September 6, 2015). "2015 Ravens practice squad signings". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  11. Mink, Ryan (September 8, 2015). "Ravens sign CB Charles James to practice squad". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  12. Mink, Ryan (November 18, 2015). "Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah put on injured reserve". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  13. Wilson, Josh (July 31, 2016). "Colts sign tight end Konrad Reuland, waive Nick Truesdell". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  14. "Konrad Reuland: Released on Monday". August 29, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  15. "Former Colts tight end Konrad Reuland, 29, dies". Indianapolis Star. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  16. Smith, Michael David (December 15, 2016). "Mark Sanchez mourning the loss of two close friends". Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  17. Hensley, Jamison (December 13, 2016). "Konrad Reuland, former Ravens and Jets TE, dies at 29 after brain aneurysm". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  18. 18.0 18.1 DiGiovanna, Mike (April 14, 2017). "NFL player Konrad Reuland died at 29. But his heart saved baseball legend Rod Carew". LA Times. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  19. Walker, Andrew (December 13, 2016). "Former Colts Tight End Konrad Reuland, 29, Passes Away". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  20. Hensley, Jamison (April 15, 2017). "Rod Carew's transplanted heart, kidney donated from ex-Ravens TE Konrad Reuland". ESPN. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  21. Kiefer, David. "A Good, Good Man". Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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