Jags TE didn’t know he was speaking to Belichick at pro day
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Sammis Reyes Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars TE didn’t know he was speaking to Bill Belichick at pro day

When Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Sammis Reyes applied to the NFL through the International Player Pathway Program in 2021, he knew relatively little about the league.

He was so oblivious, in fact, that after he had a conversation with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick back at his hotel after his pro day, he was none the wiser. 

“We go up the elevator, and coach Belichick jumps on the elevator with us,” Reyes told NFL Network’s Will Selva. “We had a full-out conversation for whatever, 15 seconds. Then he gets off on the same floor, and we’re walking the same way. …We get done and (one of the guys from the IPPP program) asks me, ‘Do you know who that was?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I have no idea.’ [He said], ‘That’s Bill Belichick. That’s the head coach for the Patriots.’ Did I say the right thing? I was so nervous. I thought it was a random guy in the elevator asking questions. I had no idea.”

The first person from Chile to play in the NFL, Reyes was a basketball player by trade. He played for the Chile national team and collegiately in the U.S. at both Palm Beach State College and Tulane. 

Reyes made the switch to football in 2019 after failing to reach the 2019 FIBA World Cup with Chile. He spent 2.5 months training at IMG Academy in Florida and worked out for NFL scouts at the Florida Gators pro day, which earned him a three-year deal with the Washington Commanders.

The 27-year-old Reyes spent the 2021 season in Washington, where he played in 11 games, including one start. He did not record a reception, but he registered two tackles on special teams. Reyes spent last season with the Chicago Bears before signing with the Jaguars in May.

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