When Washington Commanders safety player Jeremy Reaves was called into head coach Ron Rivera’s office, he admitted he thought he was in trouble. To his surprise, he was one of four Commanders players selected for the Pro Bowl.
Punter Tress Way, wide receiver Terry McLaurin, and defensive tackle Jonathan Allen were all called to Rivera’s office with an idea of why they were being summoned. However, for 26-year-old Reaves who only joined the team in 2022, he had no idea what to expect. When he arrived at his coach’s office, Rivera kept his head down, alluding to bad news.
Yet, a weight immediately lifted off the safety’s shoulders when the head coach said the magic words, “Congratulations, you’re the Pro Bowl special teams guy.” Almost instantly, Reaves burst into tears and was quickly embraced by Rivera.
“Every emotion you can possibly think of is every emotion I experienced because it’s every emotion I’ve experienced throughout my life,” the Pro Bowl selection told reporters after receiving the exciting news. “I’ve experienced the [happiness] of winning the division. I’ve experienced the sadness of getting cut. I experienced [being excited] getting my first start. I’ve experienced all of that. So, all of that came back full circle at this one moment.”
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For this NFL player, his selection was particularly exhilarating. From the start of his NFL career, he was unsure of where he belonged on the field. Initially going undrafted, he worked hard to earn a position on the Commanders and has shown himself to be a valuable asset for their team.
Tress Way is overjoyed about Jeremy Reaves earning a position on the Pro Bowl roster
Way, who is now a two-time Pro Bowler, also discussed the team selection. More specifically, the punter expressed his happiness over the safety star being selected. Similar to Reaves, Way also shed tears.
“Reaves and I both knew we were in the mix for the Pro Bowl. … Reaves was in the mix because he’s making every frickin’ play under the sun,” the two-time Pro Bowl player explained. “As soon as I heard I made it, obviously I was just jacked [up]. But coach said there was one more guy. And when coach said that, no disrespect to the rest of my teammates, but … I was just thinking ‘please let it be Reaves.’ When he said Reaves, I lost it. I just started crying.”
“To see how happy he was for me in that moment, it was awesome,” he continued. “That’s my guy and I love him, man. I’ll do anything for him.”
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