EDMONTON, Alberta – The Denver Broncos have benched Brock Osweiler. The quarterback’s turbulent couple of years continue, but another former Kalispell Flathead Brave passer has found a place to stay and has become a star north of the border, as well as the KPAX Athlete of the Week.
Mike Reilly is the Western Conference nominee for the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player Award. The Edmonton quarterback set a franchise record with 5,830 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.
The 32-year-old that played in college at Central Washington is the Eskimos’ first MOP candidate in 27 years. But it’s a bittersweet honor for the Flathead grad this week. Reilly will go to the Grey Cup to see if he wins the award, but he’ll go alone after his Eskimos lost to Calgary 32-28 in the Western Conference Championship last Sunday.
“When I was told I was going to be the Western nominee, I was excited at the possibility of having my teammates there with me,” said Reilly during a press conference this week. “I’ve always said this is the ultimate team game. Individual awards are never about the individual. They’re about the group. I’m excited to go out there and represent our team, but it’s going to be a different situation to be there without the guys.”
Reilly has started for Edmonton the past five seasons. Out of college, he bounced around with the NFL’s Steelers, Packers and Rams before entering the CFL as a backup with the BC Lions.
Meanwhile, Calgary is coached by former Griz star Dave Dickenson, and Bo Levi Mitchell, formerly of Eastern Washington, plays quarterback for the Stampeders. They’ll take on the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup on Sunday.