When Trevor Reilly lines up at the NFL Scouting Combine, the former Utah defensive end will also carry the weight of his two daughters and wife on his shoulders. Ever since Reilly’s year-old daughter Shayn was diagnosed with cancer in June, his perspective on life, football and family have changed. Reilly, 26, who went on a two-year LDS mission and redshirted a year before playing college football, understands the small window of opportunity to play in the NFL and take care of his family’s future. Reilly’s wife, Jessica, first became concerned when she felt a lump in Shayn’s stomach. Trevor didn’t think much of it. “I told my wife that she is fine it’s probably just constipation or something,” Reilly told FOXSports.com. “Then we waited a few days and she said, ‘I’m taking her to the doctor.’” The doctors were concerned and said they needed to do an ultrasound. Reilly remembers getting a call from his startled wife following an afternoon workout. “She said, ‘They think she has a tumor in her stomach,’” Reilly remembered. “It was a disaster.” A baseball-sized tumor had developed inside Shayn’s kidney and the surgeon said that they were going to operate within 48 hours.
Former Utah DE Reilly fueled by daughter's battle with cancer
Fox Sports | Feb 14