Riley Reiff was not in New York last night to walk across the stage after hearing his name called as an NFL Draft first round pick. He was back home in South Dakota when he received “the call” from Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.
The early read on Reiff is that he’s a get-to-work type of guy that doesn’t have much interest in the spectacle surrounding the draft or NFL in general.
But that isn’t the reason he wasn’t in New York. Riley’s grandfather, Lloyd Reiff, is 92 years old with cancer. From DetroitLions.com:
“His goal was just to make it (to see the draft) because he’s kind of day-by-day,” Tom Reiff said.
Lloyd was able to see Riley drafted last night and that’s part of the reason Riley wanted to stay behind in South Dakota instead of joining other draft prospects in New York.
When Riley’s name was announced, he and Lloyd were able to share a very special handshake that Riley says he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
The Detroit Lions fulfilled the goals of two men when they drafted Riley Reiff last night.