Sammis Reyes

Sammis Daniel Reyes Martel (born October 19, 1995) is an American football tight end for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). Born in Chile, he grew up playing basketball for the Chilean national team and moved to the United States when he was 14 after received a basketball scholarship. He played college basketball at Hawaii, Palm Beach State, Tulane, and Loyola–New Orleans prior to switching to football in the early 2020s.

Sammis Reyes
No. 80 – Washington Football Team
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-19) October 19, 1995 (age 25)
Talcahuano, Chile
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:North Broward (Coconut Creek, Florida)
College:
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Player stats at NFL.com

CareerEdit

Early life, college, and basketballEdit

Sammis Daniel Reyes Martel was born in Talcahuano, a port city in Chile, on October 19, 1995.[1] He grew up in Santiago playing soccer and basketball with aspirations to play in the NBA.[2][3] A member of the Chilean national basketball team as a power forward, he accepted a scholarship from Wesley Prep in South Florida after touring with the team in the area and moved there by himself at the age of 14.[4] Reyes would transfer to North Broward in Coconut Creek, Florida after Wesley Prep was shut down within half a year of him attending.[4][5][6] He had no prior knowledge of English before leaving Chile and had to quickly teach himself the language, which he did through exposure from music and film.[7]

Reyes signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Hawaii in 2014, but suffered a hand injury in pre-season that forced him to miss the season.[8][9] He would later decide to leave the university after not being able to play and disapproving with the team's decision to fire head coach Gib Arnold mid-season.[9] He returned home to Florida by saying he would "much rather" recover from his injuries there than Hawaii.[9] Reyes then spent a semester at Palm Beach State College before transferring again to Tulane University in 2016,[10] where he spent two seasons but played in just two games in 2017 after opting-out due to being unhappy with his playing time.[11] Despite that, he would graduate from Tulane with a Master of Business Administration degree and would play his final year of collegiate eligibility at Loyola University New Orleans in 2018.[11] In addition to college basketball, Reyes still participated with the Chilean basketball team in international events such as the 2011 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers.[12]

American footballEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 538 260 lb
(118 kg)
4.65 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
31 reps
All values from the University of Florida's Pro Day[13]

After the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers, Reyes made the decision become an American football player and joined the National Football League's (NFL) International Player Pathway Program (IPPP) as a tight end prospect.[3] He had previously been asked by coaches at North Broward to play the sport but declined as he believed the higher risk of injury would hinder his chances at making an NBA roster.[14] He spent 10 weeks training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida before participating alongside other IPPP players at the University of Florida's Pro Day on March 31, 2021.[7] Reyes received interest from several NFL teams there due to his performance before deciding to sign with the Washington Football Team on April 13, 2021, as he lived in the Washington metropolitan area and liked the fit.[3][7][15] With the signing, he became the first Chilean to be a member of an NFL team. He was also selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the fourth round of the 2021 CFL Global Draft that took place on April 15, 2021.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sammis Reyes, el chileno que sueña con jugar en la NFL". gda.com (in Spanish). El Mercurio. Retrieved April 19, 2021. El objetivo, dice el oriundo de Talcahuano, es bien claro: llegar a la NFL, la liga profesional estadounidense que nunca ha tenido a un chileno entre sus filas.
  2. ^ Lichtenstein, Adam. "From Chile to North Broward Prep basketball to NFL? Reyes gets pro football shot via international program". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Lichtenstein, Adam. "North Broward Prep alum Sammis Reyes signs with Washington Football Team". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Lingebach, Chris; Paulsen, Grant; Rouhier, Danny. "From day-old donuts and canned beans to the NFL: The unbelievable Sammis Reyes story". Audacy.com. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Stackpole, Kyle. "5 Things To Know About TE Sammis Reyes". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Malchow, Alex. "Chile's Sammis Reyes: Former D1 hoopster's NFL Pro Day was a slam dunk". American Football International. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Hailey, Peter. "Reyes has hooped and driven for DoorDash. Next up: The NFL". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  8. ^ Morinaga, Dayton. "It's official: Reyes signs with Hawai'i". WarriorsInsider.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  9. ^ a b c Phillips, Scott. "Hawaii freshman will transfer out of the program". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Burke, Peter. "Ex-Palm Beach State basketball player signs with NFL team". WFLX. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Gibson, Rosha'e. "Wolf Pack adds veteran presence to team with Reyes". The Maroon. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "Sammis Reyes Reflects on Chilean National Basketball Team Experience". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  13. ^ Lemoncelli, Jenna. "Washington signs Chilean basketball star Sammis Reyes after freakish pro day workout". New York Post. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  14. ^ Stackpole, Kyle. "Washington Signs Former Division I Basketball Player Sammis Reyes". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  15. ^ Fortier, Sam. "Washington signs Chilean tight end Sammis Reyes, a former college basketball player". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  16. ^ Hogan, Mike. "Hogan: Argos thrilled with results of the Global Draft". argonauts.ca. Retrieved April 16, 2021.

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