In an absolutely shocking turn of events, the Washington Commanders Tweeted something that actually had me in touch with emotions that were not anger and disappointment! Surprise — here's some wholesome content from the NFL's most hated franchise. showcasing the moments Head Coach Ron Rivera notified his players they had been selected to the 2022-23 NFL Pro Bowl.
Leading up to the moment that special teamer/backup safety Jeremy Reaves got word that he made the roster, we see several reactions from other Commanders players simply overjoyed to see their teammate recognized with this honor. Punter Tress Way had what might have been my favorite reaction. After all, he knows
Wondering what Reaves' journey through the NFL has been like? Former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker clued us in.
To summarize, Jeremy Reaves:
Signed with the Eagles after going undrafted in 2018, waived by the team in September of 2018
Signed with Washington's practice squad soon after
Cycled through promotions to the active roster, being waived by the team, signed back to the practice squad, demoted again for the next two seasons
...All of that, prior to his final promotion to the active roster in January of 2022.
That's a lot of ups and downs. It's a lot of emotion. It's a lot of hope, then lost hope, then found hope once again. It's broken hearts. It's frustration. It's uncertainty.
He persevered, though. Now, he sits as a core contributor on special teams and a leader in the Commanders' locker room. He leads the NFL in special teams tackles with 15, contributing across the board on kickoffs, punts, returns, with the field goal blocking unit — this man is everywhere. The fans saw that, and they rewarded him with a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Unfortunately, Reaves lost his mother in the fall of 2021, prior to his most recent promotion to the active roster in January of 2022. It seems like a given, though, that she's beaming with pride as she looks down on what he's accomplished.
I leave you with one final thought from Reaves that I think bears a reminder. Bookmark it, and remember his journey at your lowest. Never give up!
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