Jeremy Reaves was an afterthought for 31 NFL groups.
He entered the league in 2018 after taking part in 4 years at South Alabama. He received the 2017 Solar Belt Convention Defensive Participant of the 12 months, when he completed within the prime 10 in whole tackles (104), interceptions (3) and compelled fumbles (3). He additionally had 1.5 sacks that 12 months.
Reaves initially signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in Might 2018, however was minimize earlier than the beginning of the season. The Washington Commanders gave him an opportunity, and after bouncing from the principle roster to the observe squad and again to free company, he lastly caught on and made a reputation for himself on particular groups.
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On Wednesday, his laborious work paid off.
Reaves was one of many gamers chosen to the NFC Professional Bowl roster as a particular teamer. It was the final word end result of laborious work and dedication to his craft that bought him there.
The Commanders posted a tear-jerking video on their Twitter account displaying coach Ron Rivera telling every one in every of his gamers that they had made it to the Professional Bowl. Jonathan Allen, Terry McLaurin and Tress Approach had been additionally invited.
Rivera shared the information with McLaurin and surprised the extensive receiver.
“Reaves bought in?” McLaurin requested. “That’s what’s up, he deserves it. He’s been a distinction maker all 12 months for us.”
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Approach was as excited as everybody else. He belted out an, “Oh my gosh, he bought it” as soon as Rivera informed him. The punter was emotional after studying about Reaves getting in.
When Reaves walked in, that was when somebody began to chop onions.
Rivera informed Reaves when he walked in and the particular groups star misplaced it instantly.
“You earned it younger man,” Rivera informed him. “All the pieces you’ve completed, and I do know your mother could be proud.”
Reaves had performed in 14 video games this season and has appeared in 86% of the workforce’s particular groups snaps. He has performed on 3% of the workforce’s defensive snaps.
He would thank his late mom and the followers in a tweet later. His mom died on Thanksgiving final 12 months.
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“Momma you’ve been working! Thanks to the followers, my teammates, household, and town of Pensacola!” he tweeted. “Delayed not denied!!!”