Mike Reilly (American football)

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Mike Reilly
No. 13     Edmonton Eskimos
Date of birth: (1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Kennewick, Washington
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight: 230 lb (100 kg)
College: Central Washington
High school: Flathead
Hand: Right
As player:

Pittsburgh Steelers*
Green Bay Packers*
St. Louis Rams*
Seattle Seahawks*
BC Lions
Edmonton Eskimos

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Second-team All-GNAC (2006–2007)
  • 2× First-team All-GNAC (2007–2008)
  • GNAC Offensive P.O.Y. (2008)
  • Third-team Little All-American (2008)
  • 99th Grey Cup champion
Career stats
TDINT 28–20
Passing yards 4,901
QB Rating 89.1
Playing stats at CFL.ca
Playing stats at NFL.com

Mike Reilly (born January 25, 1985) is an American and Canadian football quarterback currently playing for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Central Washington.

Reilly has also been a member of the BC Lions, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

Early years[edit]

Reilly played three seasons for Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington, before relocating to Kalispell, Montana. As a senior, he set a Flathead High School record with 2,280 yards. He originally signed with NAIA Montana Tech, but chose to walk on at Washington State.

College career[edit]

Reilly was a co-runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s top Division II football player, as a senior. He holds the NCAA all-divisions record with at least one touchdown pass in all 46 career games. For his career he completed 64 percent of his passes over his four years as a starter for 12,448 yards, 118 touchdowns and only 40 interceptions.

After redshirting at Washington State as a 5th-string quarterback, Reilly decided he didn't want to bide his time waiting for playing time. Central Washington offered him a chance to start right away so he transferred. He was the 2008 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year after completing 65.2% of his passes (207 of 414) in 2008 for 3,706 passing with 37 TDs, six INTs and he rushed 103 times for 415 yards (4.0 avg.) with four touchdowns. He was also named First-team All Great NW for his efforts. He was also Third-team Little All-America.

In 2007 he started all 13 games and completed 271 of 435 passes (62.3%) for 3,386 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while be named Second-team All-North Central. He also rushed 129 times for 266 yards (2.1 avg.) with three touchdowns.In 2006 he started all 11 games and was 231/351 (65.8%) for 2,660 yards 21 TDs and 12 Ints., rushed 137 times for 272 yards (2.0 avg.) with four touchdowns and was named Second team All-North Central. The year prior, 2005, he started all 10 games and was 223/353 (63.2%) for 2,686 yards 30 TDs and 11 Ints. and rushed 86 times for 310 yards (3.6 avg.) with three touchdowns.while being named First-team All-Great NW.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in 214 lb 4.74 s 1.62 s 2.71 s 4.11 s 6.76 s 32½ in 9 ft 1 in 38
40 (and splits) and vertical from Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.[citation needed]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Mike Reilly was eligible to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Reilly went 10-of-15 for 117 yards during the 2009 preseason, but was waived on Sept. 5, 2009.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On Nov. 19, 2009, Reilly was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

On December 9, 2009, he was signed off the Packers' practice squad by the St. Louis Rams. He was waived on May 4, 2010.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Reilly was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on May 4, 2010. He was waived on May 18, 2010.

BC Lions[edit]

On July 26, 2010, it was announced that Reilly had signed a practice roster agreement with the BC Lions. On August 26, 2010 Reilly was activated by the Lions and spent the remainder of the year as the third-string quarterback.[1] He dressed for all 18 games in 2011 as the third-string quarterback and shared in the Lions' 99th Grey Cup victory. He got his first pro start on October 19, 2012, against the Edmonton Eskimos due to an injury to Travis Lulay. Reilly completed 19 of 28 throwing attempts for 276 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, leading the Lions to victory of over the Edmonton Eskimos 39-19. The win clinched a first round bye for the BC Lions in the 100th Grey Cup Playoffs.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

On January 31, 2013, Reilly was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos by the BC Lions; the trade included the exchange of the clubs' second round picks in the 2013 CFL Draft and the Lions receiving the Eskimos' second round pick in the 2014 CFL Draft.[2] Entering the 2013 CFL season Reilly was in open competition with Matt Nichols for the starting quarterback job. [3] Nichols tore his ACL in preseason which made Reilly the starting QB for the season. On August 18 2013 (Week 8) Reilly threw for over 500 yards in a losing cause, the fourth highest performance for yards passing in a single game in the history of the Eskimos football club. In his first season as a full-time starter in the CFL Reilly threw for 4,207 yards, with 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also finished 5th in the league in rushing yards with 709. Despite his efforts the Eskimos struggled all season finishing with a record of 4-14 and missing the playoffs.


  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2010 BC 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2011 BC 18 0 2 1 50.0 12 0 0 68.8 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2012 BC 18 2 75 52 69.3 682 4 2 104.4 34 122 3.6 18 2 4
2013 EDM 18 18 512 305 59.6 4,207 24 18 86.9 84 709 8.4 45 1 5
CFL totals 58 20 589 358 60.8 4,901 28 20 89.1 118 831 7.0 45 3 9


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