Kevin Reilly - Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation

Kevin Reilly

Kevin Reilly is a well-renowned Motivational Speaker and a former Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1979, Kevin underwent the life-changing amputation of his left arm as a result of a desmoid tumor.

Kevin’s story begins in Wilmington, Delaware where he graduated in 1969 from Salesianum School where he was captain of his varsity football and basketball teams and a starting catcher on the baseball team. He attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania on a full four-year athletic scholarship, graduating in 1973. Kevin was Villanova’s MVP and first team All-East as a linebacker. Upon his graduation, he was drafted in the seventh round of the college draft by the Miami Dolphins. In 1976, Kevin returned home to serve as captain of the “special teams” for the Philadelphia Eagles. Later in that year, Kevin was traded to the New England Patriots. Upon his release from the Patriots, he began working for the Xerox Corporation in Wilmington and recently retired as Marketing Manager after a 30 year career there.

Kevin has been named to the Delaware, Villanova University and Salesianum High School Halls of Fame.

In 1980 Kevin started sharing his story as a motivational speaker. His emotional and physical comeback and the trials and difficulties he encountered along the way make him one of this country’s most valuable speakers. Kevin is known to his peers and business associates as being centered and knowing who he is. He has a positive attitude that touches all with whom he comes in contact.

Kevin currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware and serves in various capacities for many area charities including, Easter Seals, Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Delaware Autism Society, & The Garo Yepremian Brain Tumor Foundation. During football season, Kevin also serves as a broadcaster for WYSP for the Philadelphia Eagles.