One of the most moving stories going into the Pro Bowl this year belongs to Jeremy Reaves, safety for the Washington Commanders.
Undrafted in 2018, he eventually signed with Philadelphia. But his journey’s been anything but easy. He’s been a final roster cut each of the last four seasons, once with the Eagles and three times with the Washington Commanders. He considered quitting. Anyone would. But he credits his mom, who stood with him and always believed in him, for sticking it out.
Sadly, Reaves lost his biggest fan in 2021, describing it as one of the most significant and soul-shattering losses of his life. And yet, Reaves pushed on. He found healing on the football field, “I know my mom would’ve wanted me to keep going," the safety said. "Just put my best foot forward every day. Trying to honor her the best way I can."
And last year, Reaves *finally* saw his dreams realized. He made Washington’s 53-man roster. In a few weeks, he’ll be representing them at this year’s Pro Bowl.
“You earned it young man. I know your mom would be proud," Washington Commanders’ Head Coach, Ron Rivera, says in the now viral video.