Konrad Reuland, who had two brief stints as a tight end with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 and this past offseason, died on Tuesday at 29.
Reuland was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in November and underwent brain surgery on Nov. 29, according to Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
Reuland, a big target at 6 foot 5, 254 pounds, began his collegiate career at Notre Dame in 2006-07 before transferring to Stanford, where he was a two-year letterman in 2009 and 2010. A teammate of Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck, Reuland caught 27 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown in his two seasons with the Cardinal.
Reuland — a Springfield, Ohio, native who didn't even play football until his sophomore year of high school in Mission Viejo, Calif. — was signed in July 2011 by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent, and spent parts of the next five years with the 49ers, New York Jets, Colts and Ravens organizations.
In 2012, he played in all 16 games with the Jets and caught 11 passes for 83 yards with six first downs. He played in 10 games with the Jets in 2013, and four games with the Ravens in 2015.
Reuland's time with the Colts was brief, though it came in two different stints. He was originally signed to the team's practice squad on Oct. 22, 2014, but was released eight days later.
The team welcomed him back as a free agent on July 31 of this year, and he spent the rest of August on the team's training camp roster before his release on Aug. 29. Reuland played in three preseason games with the Colts this year, logging one catch for 10 yards in the team's third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Many around football took a moment late Monday and early into the morning Tuesday to give their condolences about Tuesday's tragic news:
Devastating news about Konrad Reuland. Rest In Peace, buddy. You will be missed by many. Thank you for the good times, laughs, memories. — Jonathan A. Martin (@J_Martin71) December 13, 2016