Kevin Reilly

NFL Alum, Philadelphia Eagles, Desmoid Cancer Survivor, Amputee, Motivational Speaker, Sales Coach and author of “Tackling Life: How Faith, Family, Friends and Fortitude Kept an NFL Linebacker in the Game.”

Expertise In:

  • Motivation
  • Sports
  • Resilience
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Team Work
  • College Athlete
  • Time Management
Kevin Reilly is unique in more ways than one. As an NFL alum and oldest known surviving Desmoid tumor patient, he has a story, and a message, you will never forget.

Some organizations need to hear about hard work and accomplishments from former athletes. Others can benefit from the stories of perseverance and overcoming the odds that cancer survivors and amputees have to share. Yet others relate to stories of executive success from bestselling authors. But what if you could book all three?

Kevin Reilly’s career seemed to take off when Reilly earned the chance to play for his hometown team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Then, the unthinkable happened. What seemed like a routine shoulder injury turned out to be a rare tumor, ending his NFL career and ultimately leading to the amputation of his left arm, left shoulder and top four left ribs.

That kind of story is enough to make most people give up. Reilly took the opposite approach. Three decades after the tragedy, this highly sought after motivational speaker has spoken at such places as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, national conferences for Orthopedics and Orthopedics Surgeons, numerous colleges & universities, BlackRock, Merrill Lynch and more. In addition, he’s a sought-after speaker for Catholic groups, openly discussing his religious upbringing and its force in his recovery and survival. 

A story as complex and compelling as Reilly’s could be difficult to relate to, yet Kevin manages to draw a seamless connection to the audience in the room. This is one of the many strengths which makes Kevin Reilly the perfect speaker to book for your next event.


These are just a few of the organizations where Kevin Reilly has shared his story:

  • The New York Yankees

  • Bank of America

  • Merrill Lynch

  • Dover Airforce Base

  • SAP and SAP NS2

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Villanova University

  • Wilmington University

  • and more

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Tackling Life: How Faith, Family and Fortitude Kept an NFL Linebacker in the Game is a must read for anyone interested in overcoming obstacles, football, in need of motivation or ready for a feel good story!

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