Former Yale RB, WR Hopes to Play in CFL
OTTAWA, Ontario - Former Yale Football player Austin Reuland '16 was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the supplemental draft for the Canadian Football League. He will attempt to make a 44-man active roster.
Reuland played both wide receiver and tailback during his four seasons with the Bulldogs from 2012-2015 and won Yale's Jim Keppel Award for most valuable offensive player during his final season in 2015.
Reuland, a Mission Viejo, Calif., native who did not play football last fall, was deemed eligible for the CFL's supplemental draft after proving his father's Canadian citizenship. In selecting Reuland, the Redblacks have forfeited their sixth-round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft.
Reuland could be become the second Yalie to play in the CFL. Bob McKeown '71 played for the Ottawa Rough Riders for five years and helped win the Grey Cup in 1973 while earning league all-star status the following season. McKeown ultimately chose to pursue a career as a TV network investigative reporter. Today, the Redblacks, who joined the CFL in 2014, own the intellectual property rights of the Rough Riders.
Reuland's return to football may have been influenced by a desire to become the second member of his family to play professional ball. Austin's brother, Konrad Reuland, who played in the National Football League, suffered a brain aneurysm in November of 2016 and died on December 12. Konrad had signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, and later played for the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore Ravens. While Austin will not be playing in the NFL, he certainly has an opportunity to continue his brother's legacy in professional football.
Filed by Caleigh Steele, Yale Sports Publicity Intern