Life of Reilly

Posted May 4, 2010

Coming out of Central Washington last year, Mike Reilly really wanted to play for the Seahawks. He’ll get his chance after the team claimed the quarterback off waivers on Tuesday.

When Mike Reilly was eligible for the NFL draft last year, the former Central Washington University quarterback was hoping he’d get a chance to play for the Seahawks.

“I really don’t care where I go, as long as I get on a team,” he said at the time. “But I would love to play for Seattle, to be honest with you.”

Better late than never, Reilly will get that opportunity after the Seahawks claimed him off waivers from the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday.

Different coaching staff. Different offensive coordinator. Different offense. But the team still plays in Seattle, and is in need of a fourth quarterback to take reps behind incumbent starter Matt Hasselbeck, recently acquired backup Charlie Whitehurst and Mike Teel, a sixth-round draft choice last year.

With the Seahawks opting for Teel a year ago, Reilly signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent. After completing 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards during the preseason, the Steelers waived him on the final roster cut. Reilly was signed to the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad on Nov. 19, and the Rams then signed him Dec. 9. But they released him this week.

Reilly, 25, had a back-and-forth career even before entering the NFL.

He played three seasons at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick before passing for a school-record 2,280 yards as a senior at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont. He originally signed to play at Montana Tech, a NAIA school, but then decided to walk on at Washington State. After a redshirt year, he transferred to Central Washington.

As a senior at CWU, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Reilly was co-runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy which is presented to the top NCAA Division II senior player. He also passed for a touchdown in each of his 46 career games for the Wildcats, which is a NCAA all-divisions record, and broke the school record for career passing yards (12,448) that had belong to Jon Kitna – who played for the Seahawks from 1997-2000.

For more background on Reilly, here’s a story about him that was written prior to the draft last year.

The Seahawks also signed three rookies who had tryouts at the team’s minicamp over the weekend – cornerback Marcus Udell and wide receivers Victor James and Chris Duvalt.