This story touches my heart in ways that few stories have for quite a while.Most people know that I'm a solid-as-rock Cougar fan. But with this
particular more-important-than-sports circumstance, I'm going to be a hard
core Ute fan. May a spirit of peace and comfort be with this little angel
and her family.
Glad to have Reilly on the team and as a leader. We are all praying for
Shayn's complete recovery.Go Utes!
Trevor, Jessica and Shayn, this BYU alum, Ute and Cougar fan gives best wishes
and prayers for Shayn's full recovery. As a cancer survivor, I know it can
be done!! God Bless!
Thank you ALL for your support and kind words. Our sweet little girl is such an
inspiration to Trevor, myself, her big sister Nelli and our whole family, she
truly is an amazing little girl. We are so lucky to have her in our lives. I love our Utah football family and the support we have received from them is
incredible! If you would like to make a donation for Shayn
and for other pediatric cancer WARRIORS just like her please go to
curesearchwalk.org. I will be walking on her behave October 5th,(yes on game day
:)!!!) at Sugar House Park!How great if we all walked together as "Team
Shayn"..in our Red, or Blue of course! Come support we would love to see you
there!Again thank you all for you support and well wishes I can't
tell you how much we appreciate them! Thanks again and GO UTES!!!
My thoughts and prayers go out to Shayn and the entire Reilly family. I have
all the respect in the world for how Trevor and Jessica are handling this, not
sure I could be so strong. I am a die hard Aggie, but will be following this
story and cheering for the Reilly's.
Great story. Praying for a quick and full recovery to Shayn.
For everyone who bashes Bronco Mendenhall for putting football 5th, this story
and everything Trevor Reilly said in the video is exactly the reason why. Maybe
friends, family, and faith actually DO matter more than football. I think there
are a lot of players and coaches up at the U that realize this too, they just
don't make it public the way Bronco Mendenhall does. I think most people
who aren't soulless/heartless also realize that their friends, family, and
faith matter more than getting to watch football, even though we all love the
game and love to watch it. Like Trevor Reilly said in the video "my daughter
is fighting cancer, and I'm out here playing a game. Football is important
. . . but it isn't." Good luck to Trevor and hopefully for
everyone who is a part of both schools, we can all love football and be
passionate about it, while remembering that when all is said and done, it really
is just a game.
God Bless you and your family Reilly. I hope things go well for your daughter.
Its times like these that show us that there are far more important things in
life than sports.
It is so refreshing to read the comments on this article. In a month the rivalry
game might bring out some of the worst in all of us, but it is so nice to see
that BYU and Utah fans can both be so supportive of a young family with such a
difficult challenge. I have been as guilty as anyone of negative comments about
BYU on these message boards, but I think deep down we (BYU and Utah fans) are
good people who can put sports in perspective. As a father of 3 daughters
myself, I agree that there is nothing more precious than little girls. All the
best to Trevor, Shayn and their family, and thank you Cougar fans for so many
nice comments about an opposing player. I hope we (Ute fans) will show the same
amount of class to the good young men who play for BYU.
Best wishes to the entire Reilly family. Incredible story and fantastic
article. @duckhunter - wonderful comment and very nicely said ... I
think we both agree this young man being at Utah is no coincidence.
Trevor,I am a devoted BYU fan and a 10 year kidney cancer survivor. I hope
and pray with all my heart that Shayn will be fine. She is certainly a beautiful
girl. I'm confident she will be. I will also be pulling for you and the
Utes this season. In Tucson, if you see a fat old man in a Ute hat cheering for
you in particular, that'll be me. GO UTES! GO COUGS!
Had no idea. Life can be very cruel but you learn early on that you deal with
the issues that come your way. Unfortunately, those life lessons sometimes come
way to early - for both parents and daughter in this case.Good luck
to Trevor, his wife and their adorable little daughter. Can't say I will
ever be a University of Utah fan, but I have become a fan of little Shayn and
What an adorable picture! Trevor, all Ute fans and so many others are praying
for Shayn's return to perfect health! Be grateful she got her looks from
her mother! And her character from both!
Stories like this puts everything about football in perspective! AS fierce and
intense as the rivalry is, it's nowhere as important as a father's
love and dedication to his little girl and family. Thanks for being a great
example to us not only as a father and husband but as a true blue dedicated Ute.
Good luck to you and the Utes!
A very good article about a very sweet and brave little girl. Life itself, and
the health of a precious child, far transcend any football game. I have become
a fan of Trevor Reilly, his wife Jessica and their beautiful little Shayn.
Best wishes to the Reilly family and heartfelt prayers that Shayn is soon well.
From a Cougar fan to a new hero wearing a Utah uniform I wish this wonderful
family all the best!
What a tough girl!!!!
This Cougar fan will be cheering for Reilly all season long. Wish you all the
very best. Your story has helped make me be a better man.
It is interesting that Trevor's football career took him to a place that
has an excellent cancer treatment facility located right in it. It is as if he
was guided to be there for purposes beyond what he knew at the time. He appears
to simply be at the right place at the right time for himself and his family.That is really an amazing "coincidence" and it is a very
interesting side bar to this story.Here is hoping for the best for
his daughter and all of his family. It is nice for those of us that follow
sports to have people we pull for as well as teams we pull for. I pulling for
Trevor and I'm pulling for Shayn and I'm pulling for their entire
Thank you for letting us know about this situation with Trevor Reilly and his
little daughter. Our prayers are with you and your wife, Trevor.
There are things far more important than football. Little girls are just one
of them. My prayers will mention this sweet little baby.
Courageous father, courageous mother, courageous daughter, courageous football
player - all the best to this caring, courageous family!
Football is something we look forward to in the Fall. It's a distraction
from life.But life is in the familyA wife like Jessica is something
everyman should have in his life.We often forget that when a student
athlete is on scholarship it's difficult to work and keep the NCAA rules.
So it falls to wives often to support the family.Keeping up a home, two
children, a job to support the family and a Div I football player to manage and
support...The star of the family is Jessica.I hope your trials lead you
both to greater strength and wisdom.From a Cougar fan...Go Reillys!
God bless your daughter and your family, Trevor! I am an ardent BYU fan but now
I am a HUGE Shayn fan and a fan of Trevor and his family. I pray that all will
go well for you. Wouldn't it be a good idea if both BYU and Utah football
teams rallied for Shayn in an event off the field and even a collection was made
for Shayn at he game from all the fans at Lavell Edwards Stadium? I believe it
would be a praiseworthy cause to bring both sides a good perspective on what is
really important in life. Maybe it could help heal more than just Shayn?
Great article. Wishing the family all the best.
What an adorable little girl! I sure hope this tough trial has a happy ending.
When I see Trevor on the field this year, it'll be a little harder to root
for my cougars.
It's nice to see a player who excels at what he does but manages to keep it
all in perspective. Good luck with everything Reillys!
Thanks for this story, Rock. All the best to Trevor and his family. His young
daughter is adorable and obviously as tough as they come. The challenges best
the Utes the this year certainly bring the importance of family and friends into
Very powerful and moving story. Best of luck to Trevor and his family.
Great article, Brad. Trevor is a wildman on the field and even a bit eccentric
off it, but I can't imagine the sobering effects this must have on his
perspective in life. Really pulling for him to join Morgan Breslin and Anthony
Barr as the most feared pass rushers in the west this year, but even more
pulling for him to help his wife and daughter through an even more challenging
year at home. Go, Trevor, and go Shayn!
Trevor: I hope you have a great season but more than anything, I
hope your daughter is given a clean bill of health.