Rueben Riley
No. 72     
Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-20) September 20, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan
Undrafted in 2007
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2007 2008)
Career highlights and awards
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Rueben Joseph Riley, Jr. (born September 20, 1984) is a former American football offensive lineman. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Michigan.

Riley has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Hartford Colonials.

Early yearsEdit

Riley was an offensive and defensive lineman at Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids Creston High School is the only Grand Rapids Public School to ever go to the state finals in football (1999). Riley was a sophomore during that season. After Riley's senior year at Creston High, 12 student-athletes from the 2001 Polar Bears football team received scholarships to play football at the college level. In that pool of talent Riley was named the team's MVP.

College careerEdit

20060909 Michigan Wolverines Huddle with Long, Manningham, Henne and Arrington

2006 Michigan Wolverines football team huddle with #86 Mario Manningham, #7 Chad Henne, #16 Adrian Arrington, #72 Riley, #54 Mark Bihl, and #77 Jake Long

Riley played college football at the University of Michigan from 2003 to 2006 after redshirting in 2002. In 2004, he started the majority of the year as a left guard. In 2005–2006 he started at right tackle due to many injuries at the position forcing coaches to move Riley. Riley's body type was projecting him as an early round draft pick at guard but the Wolverines needed him to shore up the edge as a tackle his last two years at Michigan.

Professional careerEdit

First stint with PanthersEdit

Riley signed with the Carolina Panthers after being passed over in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was cut on September 1, 2007, but was signed to the team's practice squad. He was re-signed during the 2008 off-season, but was waived on July 23.

Miami DolphinsEdit

On July 26, 2008, Riley was signed by the Miami Dolphins after the team waived offensive tackle Julius Wilson. The move reunited him with Dolphins rookies offensive line mate Jake Long and quarterback Chad Henne. Riley was waived on August 3.

Second stint with PanthersEdit

Riley was re-signed by the Panthers on August 7, 2008, after the team waived offensive tackle Charles Spencer, the same player the Panthers acquired when they waived Riley two weeks earlier. He was waived during final preseason cuts on August 30.

Washington RedskinsEdit

Riley was signed to the Washington Redskins on December 9, 2008.

New York GiantsEdit

Riley was signed to the New York Giants' on December 31, 2009. On January 5, 2010, Riley was signed to a reserved/future contract. He was waived on August 7.

Hartford ColonialsEdit

Riley was signed by the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League on September 16, 2010. He reported to the team and was the starting left tackle in the season opener with the Colonials. Four games into the season Riley dislocated his knee.


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