Rylan Reed
Texas Tech Red RaidersNo. 74
Offensive tackle Senior
Major: Exercise Sport Science
Date of birth: (1981-11-18) November 18, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg; 21 st 11 lb)
Career history
High school: Crossett High School,
Crossett, Arkansas
  • Texas Tech (2005–2008)
Career highlights and awards

Rylan Robert Reed (born November 18, 1981 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football and baseball player. He played minor league baseball as a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization from 2001 to 2005. After undergoing treatment for cancer, Reed enrolled at Texas Tech University and played college football from 2005 to 2008. He was selected as a first-team All-American offensive tackle in 2008.

Early years and baseballEdit

Born in Houston, Texas, Reed attended Crossett High School in Crossett, Arkansas. He was a two-sport star in high school, playing a tight end and defensive end in football and as a pitcher with a 95 mile per hour fastball for the baseball team. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2000 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft and was also recruited by Houston Nutt to play college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks. The White Sox paid him a $550,000 signing bonus, and Reed opted for baseball.[1][2][3]

He spent four years from 2001 to 2004 playing minor league baseball as a pitcher in the White Sox organization.[4] He compiled a 3-0 record and a 2.44 earned run average in 2002.[4] During his minor league career, his fastball was clocked at 98 miles per hour.[5] He was named the White Sox's "organizational pitcher of the year."[5] Brandon McCarthy, who played with Reed in 2002, recalled, "He would intimidate the hell out of you. He had muscles coming out of muscles. That was a sight.[6]

Cancer and recoveryEdit

In 2003, Reed was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent surgery to remove a tumor and three feet of his intestines. After several months of chemotherapy, Reed lost 30 pounds. When he recovered from the cancer treatment, his father was killed in an automobile accident. He returned to the White Sox in 2004, shortly after the death of his father, but his earned run average soared to 14.54 in five games for the Great Falls White Sox.[1][4][6][7]

College footballEdit

After retiring from baseball in 2004, Reed enrolled at Texas Tech University, where he played college football.[8] He began as a tight end as a freshman in 2005, before being moved to offensive tackle.[9] After gaining 60 pounds, he became a starter for Texas Tech in 2007 and 2008.[10] Reed set a Texas Tech record in 2008 with a 625-pound bench press.[11]

In 2008, Reed recalled having pitched to Barry Bonds during spring training in Tucson, Arizona. Bonds hit a fly ball to shallow right field for an out, prompting the Houston Chronicle to note: "That itself makes Reed arguably a one-man fraternity — possibly the only offensive lineman in college or pro football history able to claim an out against baseball's home run king."[1]

After the 2008 season, Reed was selected as a first-team All-American by both the Walter Camp Football Foundation and[12][13]

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Joseph Duarte (November 18, 2008). "Tech's Reed goes from diamond to gridiron: From mound to mountain; Once a pitcher, Tech's Rylan Reed thrives at tackle". Houston Chronicle.
  2. "Crossett's Reed Picks Baseball Over Hogs". Pine Bluff Commercial (Arkansas). Aug 8, 2000.
  3. "Reed trades UA football for baseball". Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, Ark.). Aug 8, 2000.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Rylan Reed".
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tim Griffin (November 17, 2008). "Intimidating Reed once made minor-league hitters quiver".
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brandon George (September 3, 2008). "Setbacks haven't stopped Texas Tech's Rylan Reed". Denton Record-Chronicle (reprinted from The Dallas Morning News).
  7. Don Williams (October 6, 2007). "Reed anchors Red Raiders' offensive front after his triumph against cancer". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
  8. Chris Elsberry (January 18, 2009). "Cancer scare led 'lucky' Reed to football". Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT).
  9. Terrance Harris (October 9, 2007). "From baseball to battling cancer, Texas Tech's Reed has thrived: For Tech's Reed, life is beautiful". Houston Chronicle.
  10. Don Williams (October 31, 2008). "Older, wiser Reed a steady influence for Red Raiders". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
  11. Tim Griffin (July 28, 2008). "Recovering Reed sets Tech weight-lifting mark".
  12. Sean Barker (January 17, 2009). "Reed has learned to just enjoy the ride: All-American has overcome cancer, tragedy". New Haven Register.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "'s 2008 All-Americans". CNN. December 16, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  14. "2007 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  15. "2008 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  16. "Football: NU's Suh on AP first-team defense".
  17. "2008 Walter Camp All-American Team Announced".

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