Konrad Reuland, a former NFL star who played tight end for the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens, died Monday at age 29 after a recent brain aneurysm.
Reuland spent five years in the NFL, being claimed as an undrafted rookie by the San Francisco 49ers but spending the bulk of his career with the Jets and Ravens, CBS News reported. He spent some time in the 2016 preseason with the Indianapolis Colts but was released before the season started.
Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said, “We lost a Raven today . … We love Konrad Reuland. Every single guy in the locker room loves him,” according to ESPN. Reuland had a brain aneurysm on Nov. 28 and was declared brain dead before undergoing surgery on Nov. 29, ESPN reported.
The Huffington Post reported that Reuland had been fighting for his life at the UCLA Medical Center in ICU for weeks before his death on Monday. Teammates from both the Jets and Ravens expressed their grief at losing him on social media Tuesday.
Antonio Cromartie, still reeling from the loss of teammate Joe McKnight, said “it hurts,” on Instagram, relating their recent experience as teammates for the Indianapolis Colts this season (Reuland was released in August), the New York Daily News reported.
Justin Forsett, former Ravens teammate, said he was “heartbroken” and called Reuland “an amazing person,” the Sporting News reported.
Reuland spent his college years playing for Notre Dame and Stanford with fellow NFL players like Mark Sanchez and Andrew Luck.
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