Riley Reiff

Riley Reiff (born December 1, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He played college football at Iowa and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round, 23rd overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. After spending five seasons with the Lions, Reiff became a free agent and signed with the Vikings.

Riley Reiff
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Reiff in 2017
No. 71 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:December 1, 1988 (age 30)
Parkston, South Dakota
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Parkston
(Parkston, South Dakota)
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:105
Games started:97
Player stats at

High school career

Born in Parkston, South Dakota to Jo and Tom Reiff, Riley attended Parkston High School, where he was a two-time South Dakota Elite 45 team selection under head coach Jon Mitchel. Reiff was a two-way player for the Trojans, receiving first-team All-State honors at defensive end as a sophomore and junior, as well as first-team All-State honors at tight end as a senior. As a senior in 2007-08, Reiff was named South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year. During his high school career, Reiff recorded 261 total tackles, 23 sacks and eight interceptions on defense, and also caught 27 passes for 321 yards and nine touchdowns on offense.

In addition to football, Reiff also lettered in golf, track and was a three-time wrestling champion with a career record of 121-1, claiming three state titles. Reiff also excelled in the throwing events for the Parkston track and field team, owning personal-bests throws of 54'5" (16.59 m) in the shot put and 147'8" (45.01 m) in the discus throw.[1]

Reiff was listed as a three-star defensive end prospect by and was ranked 28th nationally among senior strongside defensive ends.[2] When it came to recruiting, one of Reiff's most persistent suitors was Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan, who also lured former Vikings' linebacker Chad Greenway to Iowa City back in 2001. Reiff initially committed to the Hawkeyes in April 2007, while still a junior at Parkston. He later had second thoughts and switched his verbal commitment to Nebraska, indicating that he "pulled the trigger a little too early" with Iowa, but when the Cornhuskers started sinking under the direction of Bill Callahan, Reiff found his way back to the Hawkeyes.[3]

College career

After redshirting his initial year at Iowa, Reiff started 11 of 13 games on the Hawkeyes' offensive line—three at left tackle, seven at left guard and final game at right tackle. He was named third team Freshman All-America by College Football News. In his sophomore year, Reiff replaced Bryan Bulaga at left tackle, starting all 13 games of the season. He was named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media.

A preseason All-American, Reiff started all 13 games at left tackle in his junior season as well. He was named All-Big Ten by coaches and media, as well as All-American by Pro Football Weekly, which evaluates players on NFL prospects and draft value rather just college production.[4] On January 4, 2012, only a few days after Iowa's loss in the 2011 Insight Bowl, Reiff announced his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility at Iowa, entering the 2012 NFL Draft.[5]

Professional career

Already prior to his junior season, Reiff has been projected as a potential first round NFL Draft.[6][7] In October 2011, Sports Illustrated′s Tony Pauline ranked him as the No. 14 prospect on his midseason draft board.[8] Prior to the NFL Combine in February 2012, Reiff was still perceived as a top-15 pick.[9] At the combine, Reiff displayed decent athleticism but disappointed with his measureables; his 33 14 in (84.5 cm) arms—although longer than those of Joe Thomas (32 12 in or 82.6 cm) and Jake Long (32 78 in or 83.5 cm)—were deemed too short for an NFL left tackle.[10] As a result, Reiff dropped out of the first round in some post-combine mock drafts.[11][12] However, Mike Mayock still ranked him the No. 2 offensive tackle, behind Matt Kalil, after the combine,[13] just as he did prior to the combine.[14]

External video
Reiff's NFL Combine workout
Reiff gets drafted by Detroit
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 58 in
(1.97 m)
313 lb
(142 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
5.23 s 1.82 s 3.02 s 4.75 s 7.87 s 29 12 in
(0.75 m)
8 ft 2 in
(2.49 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except vertical leap and bench press from Pro Day[15]

Detroit Lions

2012 season

Detroit Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff
Reiff in 2012

Reiff was drafted by the Detroit Lions at 23rd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the second of only two offensive tackles selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft (behind Matt Kalil, who was selected 4th overall by the Vikings). Reiff's duties in his rookie campaign were limited to that of a blocking tight end/H-back. He earned his first career start in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings on September 30. Reiff had one start at the left tackle position coming in the teams Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Houston Texans. In Week 14, he rotated in the offensive line as usual and also returned a short kickoff for 10 yards. Despite his limited role in the 2012 season, Reiff was rated as the Lions top run blocker by Pro Football Focus (PFF). He was voted by his teammates for the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award.

2013 season

After veteran Lions tackle Jeff Backus retired before the start of the 2013 season, Reiff took over his position at left tackle. He prepared for his expanded duties by adding over 12 pounds of muscle.[16] He started at left tackle in the season opener game against Minnesota on September 8 and helped the Lions gain 481 yards of total offense. Reiff ended up starting all 16 games at left tackle and helped pave the way for 15 rushing touchdowns and an average of 392.1 net yards per game, the sixth-best mark in the league. Regarding to pass blocking, the Lions ranked second in the NFL in sacks allowed with 23.

2014 season

In 2014, Reiff started his mainstay at left tackle in Week 1 against the New York Giants on September 8 and provided protection that led to 20 first downs for the Lions offense. He missed the first game of his NFL career due to injury on Thanksgiving Day, but rebounded to start all 15 games he played in.

2015 season

On April 24, 2015, the Lions announced that they would pick up the fifth-year option of Reiff's contract.[17]

Minnesota Vikings

On March 9, 2017, Reiff signed a five-year, $58.75 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[18][19] Per a source, Reiff received an $11 million signing bonus, a fully guaranteed base salary of $6.2 million in 2017, and a fully guaranteed base salary of $9.1 million in 2018 with a full guarantee at signing of $26.3 million. After 2018, the deal becomes a year-to-year proposition, with compensation of $9.5 million, $11 million, and $11.75 million in 2019, 2020, and 2021.[20] Reiff entered his first season as a Vikings as their starting left tackle, where he started 15 games.

Reiff entered 2018 as the Vikings starting left tackle and a team captain, starting 13 games and missing three with a foot injury.

Personal life

Before his time in the NFL, Reiff was an avid fan of the Oakland Raiders.[21]

While an incoming freshman at Iowa, Reiff was charged with public intoxication, being arrested only after a 20-minute foot chase through downtown Iowa City, Iowa.[22]

Reiff has a younger brother, Brady Reiff, who was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and that now plays as a defensive end at Iowa.


  1. ^ S.D. State Class A Track and Field Championships.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Parkston's Riley Reiff is now a Viking
  4. ^ "PFW 2011 All-America team". Pro Football Weekly. December 11, 2011. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 4, 2012). "Iowa's Riley Reiff to enter draft".
  6. ^ Prisco, Pete (May 1, 2011). "Flash forward: Top 32 picks for the 2012 NFL Draft".
  7. ^ Pauline, Tony (May 3, 2011). "Stanford's Luck headlines early look at top 2012 draft prospects". Sports Illustrated.
  8. ^ Pauline, Tony (October 24, 2011). "Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson high in midseason NFL draft rankings".
  9. ^ Banks, Don (February 22, 2012). "2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0".
  10. ^ Silva, Evan (February 25, 2012). "Iowa's Reiff has short arms for a left tackle". Pro Football Talk.
  11. ^ Lande, Russ (March 1, 2012). "Mock draft: Memphis' Dontari Poe moves into top 10". Sporting News.
  12. ^ "NFL Draft coming into focus". Fox News. March 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Mayock, Mike (March 5, 2012). "Post-combine position rankings for 2012 NFL Draft".
  14. ^ Mayock, Mike (February 14, 2012). "Pre-combine position rankings for 2012 NFL Draft".
  15. ^ *Riley Reiff | Iowa, OT : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
  16. ^ Riley Reiff has added weight in anticipation of starting at left tackle
  17. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 24, 2015). "Lions to pick up fifth-year option on OT Riley Reiff". Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  18. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Vikings bolster O-line with tackle Riley Reiff".
  19. ^ Smith, Eric (March 10, 2017). "Vikings Sign Offensive Tackle Riley Reiff".
  20. ^ Vikings spend many millions on offensive linemen
  21. ^
  22. ^ Groten, Perry (July 20, 2008). "Parkston Football Star Arrested In Iowa". Keloland.

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2010 All-Big Ten Conference football team

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2010 Big Ten Conference football season

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2010 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

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The Hawkeyes finished the regular season 7–5 (4–4 Big Ten) and earned a trip to the Insight Bowl, where they faced the Missouri Tigers. The Hawkeyes won the game 27–24 and finished the season 8–5.

2011 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2011 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2011 Big Ten Conference football season

The 2011 Big Ten Conference football season is the 116th for the Big Ten. The conference started its season on Saturday, September 3, as each of the conference’s teams began their respective 2011 season of NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) competition. This season is Nebraska's first season as a member of the Big Ten, and also marks the creation of conference divisions (named Leaders and Legends), and a championship game. The season was also notable for the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

For the season, Leaders Division champion Wisconsin finished as conference champion by defeating Legends Division champion Michigan State in the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game. Penn State was Leaders Division co-Champion, while Legends Division runner-up Michigan finished with the conference's best record. The conference earned two BCS bowl invitations and compiled a 4–6 overall record in 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.

The Conference had six 2011 College Football All-America Team consensus selections: Montee Ball, Kevin Zeitler, David Molk, Whitney Mercilus (unanimous), Devon Still, and Jerel Worthy, with the Rimington Trophy going to Molk and the Ted Hendricks Award going to Mercilus. Ball won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football and the conference's players won four national statistical championships: Russell Wilson (passing efficiency), Raheem Mostert (kickoff return average), Ball (scoring), and Mercilus (quarterback sacks).

Following the season the conference contributed 41 to the 2012 NFL Draft, including 4 in the first round: Riley Reiff (23rd), Mercilus (26th), Zeitler (27th), and A. J. Jenkins (30th).

2011 College Football All-America Team

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Currently, NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men’s basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. The system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. Honorable mention and fourth team or lower recognitions are not accorded any points. Football consensus teams are compiled by position and the player accumulating the most points at each position is named first team consensus all-American. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.In 2011, there were 7 unanimous All-Americans.

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2017 Detroit Lions season

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Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team, one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the NFL as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.

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