Trevor Reilly substitutes tattoo for lost wedding rings

Trevor Reilly tattoo
Sometimes a tattoo works better than a ring. It’s saving money for Trevor Reilly anyway.
Credit: Kristian Dyer, Metro

It common to see an NFL player with a tattoo — in fact it is a rare thing to see a player who isn’t inked up. But Jets seventh-round pick Trevor Reilly’s one and only tattoo is a matter of necessity.

Married since Sept. 4, 2011, Reilly recently got a tattoo of his wife’s initials on his left hand where his wedding band would go. The letters “JKR” for Jessica Kristie Reilly are prominent — a necessity because of his own absent minded ways, he says. Turns out, he misplaced his wedding ring on more than one occasion.

“This is so I don’t have to wear a ring anymore, I got my wife’s initials,” Reilly said. “I’ve been against tattoos my whole life but [I] started losing wedding rings.”

But the number of times he’s lost his ring is the shocking part.

“Five, and I bent one one-time because I forgot to take it off. I told my wife, ‘I’m getting tatted up’ and she said ‘Fine by me’,” Reilly said. “I told her before I got married, ‘Don’t buy anything nice.’ She bought me some $50 ring. I said, ‘Perfect, I will probably lose it.’ Three months later, it was gone. Then I went on eBay and started buying $3 rings.”

It is the latest chapter in the book of Reilly, a life full of ups and downs.

He lost his younger brother in a motorcycle accident when both were younger. Then two years ago, his daughter Shayn was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Even though she is now in the clear, he admits it took a toll on him. He also played the entirety of the 2012 season for Utah on a torn ACL, an injury he said no longer impacts him.

After the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, head coach Rex Ryan said Reilly “really fit the profile we’re looking for.”

“He’s a mature guy,” Ryan said. “As he told us all today, he was an All-American — honorable mention.”

Jets notes …

It was a tough day for sixth-round pick quarterback Tajh Boyd, who struggled with his accuracy and ball placement. Mechanically, he shows a troublesome, elongated throwing motion. The wet conditions didn’t seem to affect him too much as he still threw a tight spiral. Despite his being drafted, he could be in a tight competition for the No. 3 job with Matt Simms this summer.

Wide receiver Shaq Evans, taken in the fourth round out of UCLA, had a bad day with his hands even before the weather got wet. He also rounded off a number of his routes and looked raw.

Markus Zusevics had a good day at right tackle. He looked strong with his upper body but needs to continue to leverage his lower body for more strength. He tore a pectoral muscle during the bench press at last year’s NFL Combine and missed the rest of the event. He spent last year on injured reserve with the Patriots but looks like an intriguing prospect.

Tryout player Mike Willie ran some good routes at wide receiver and caught the ball well with his hands, rarely using his body.

Tight end Jace Amaro had an outstanding day. While his blocking needs some work, the second-round pick attacked the ball well and ran good routes. He’s looking like he could be a No. 1 at tight end sooner rather than later.

Fourth-round pick wide receiver Jalen Saunders is as speedy and shifty as advertised. He said the Jets haven’t told him if they want him in the slot or not, but he has the look and elusiveness of a playmaker when the ball is in his hands.

Tevrin Brandon, a tryout player from Monmouth, made a tremendous leaping play to snag a deep interception on a pass from Boyd. The cornerback tested very well at his pro day and possesses off the charts athleticism.

The Jets cut nose tackle Tevon Conrad on Friday.

“He didn’t pass the physical,” Ryan said. “That was the extent of it.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: Lesbians, men most likely…

Lesbians, men most likely to achieve orgasm Location: U.S. Study subjects: 2,850 people Results: Whether you find it shocking or not, a new study reports that…

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.