Meet Konrad Reuland, the late NFL player whose heart and kidney are keeping baseball great Rod Carew alive

Konrad played for the Jets in 2012 and 2013.
The colored circle below the RSTR and above-right to his signature signifies Reuland as an organ donor.
Konrad at 15 months, with bells still on his shoes.
Konrad is the tall blonde on the back row. On the far right of that row is Mark Sanchez. The adults are their dads: Ralf Reuland (left), Nick Sanchez (right).
Mary and Ralf Reuland
Warren Reuland (right) tells the story of his favorite on-field moment with his big brother, Konrad.
Austin Reuland (left) explains the voraciousness of big brother Konrad’s appeti
Photo courtesy of Baltimore Ravens
Reuland’s career receiving stats. (Source: NFL.com)
Konrad and Kimi on Nov. 17, one week before Thanksgiving.

“you WILL defeat this. … Now, let’s prepare for the fight of your life!!”

He replied:

“I’m about to kick this things butt, with the help of God. He had something big in store for me, and this is something that will help manifest what it is. … I can’t wait to see where His will takes me.”

Konrad hit send and began joking with a nurse. Suddenly a strange look crossed his face. He told her he felt a “really bad” headache — a nine or 10 on a 10-point scale.

Video courtesy of Baltimore Ravens
How Carew and other HeartMate II recipients are connected to the LVAD. Image courtesy of St. Jude Medical, Inc.
From UNOS, the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant waiting list.
Video courtesy of Katie Payne, a classmate of Konrad’s at Stanford.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Konrad

Our Blessings Always

The Carew Family

4–4–17

Next to the temporary headstone, Rod placed a plastic cube. It held a Heart of 29 pin and an autographed baseball.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KONRAD. I PROMISE TO ALWAYS CARE FOR YOUR VERY PRICELESS GIFTS.

TIL WE MEET AGAIN, I REMAIN FOREVER YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST.

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