It will be a star-studded Grove Bowl Week, as a big group of former Rebel stars will return to campus for an awards ceremony and panel discussion on the National Football League. "Life in the NFL" is set for 11 a.m. on the Grove Stage on Grove Bowl Saturday, April 16. Between now and then, we plan to feature each of the honorees here on the blog, beginning today with Tutan Reyes.
Perhaps the greatest first name in Rebel history, Tutankhamen "Tutan" Reyes arrived in Oxford via Queens, N.Y., and was a four-year letterwinner from 1996-99. Wearing No. 76, Tutan started all 12 games on the offensive line as a senior, when he helped the Rebels to an 8-4 finish and a last-second win over Oklahoma in the Independence Bowl. He earned All-SEC second team honors from the league coaches and signed a free-agent deal with New Orleans. That kicked off an NFL career that has included seven teams, 37 starts and 53 games played. His best seasons to date include a 2005 campaign in Carolina when he started all 16 games and a 2004 season that saw him in the starting lineup for 12 Panther contests.
Reyes has had his fair share of success on the field but nothing compared to his amazing generosity off the field. In 2007, Tutan founded Beyond the Boroughs, a National Scholarship Fund for deserving young men and women that have been accepted into college but have unmet financial need. Check out an NBC News piece on an example of the amazing work done by Reyes' charity.