Texas Tech offensive tackle Rylan Reed continued his amazing comeback from cancer. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.
Thursday night at the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla.,Reed was named to the Walter Camp first-team All-American squad along with teammate (wide receiver) Michael Crabtree. For Reed, it was an honor that's well-deserving.
As the left tackle who protects quarterback Graham Harrell's blindside, Reed allowed just one sack during the 568 passing attempts by Harrell this season. That's an incredible number and one that may ultimately help the powerful 6-7, 314-pound senior possibly get selected in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.
In case you didn't know, Reed has a heart-warming story. The short version is Reed was a terrific two-sport athlete _ football and baseball _ in Crossett, Ark.
He ultimately chose baseball, pitched four years in the Chicago White Sox minor league system witha fastball in the high-90's, but later developed arm problems. In 2003, Reed was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Then the day he recovered from chemo treatments, Reed's father, Robert, died from injuries in a one-car accident while driving to work in Waxahachie from his home in Plano.
Reed, whose mother lives in Plano, eventually decided to enroll at Texas Tech and play football. And now he's one of the best offensive linemen in college football.
It couldn't have happened to a nicer person.
_ Dwain Price