Salesianum, UD Alum Troy Reeder to sign deal with Vikings

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Troy Reeder left and Brian Brian O’Neill right, exchange jerseys after playing against each other in the NFL. Both players are from the Salesianum school and now are teammates on the Vikings. Photo courtesy of Salesianum Facebook

Troy Reeder has found a new home for the first time since he entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2019. The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday that they had come to terms with the former Salesianum and Delaware linebacker on a one-year deal. Reeder (28) will now leave L.A., the place he called home for the last three seasons, and join a familiar face in the Midwest.

There will now be a reunion with his former Salesianum teammate and Viking offensive tackle Brian O’Neill. The two had successful careers alongside each other in high school at Salesianum in Wilmington and even came back together last off-season and held a football clinic at the Chase Fieldhouse. After the Vikings and Rams game back in 2021, the two swapped jerseys. (

Reeder highlighted his enthusiasm to be joining both former coach Kevin O’Connell and former teammate Brian O’Neill when we spoke after the signing. “I’m just very excited to be joining such a great organization. Teaming up with Coach O’Connell and my good friend Brian O’Neill”, Reeder said.  “Eager to go compete for a championship.”

Reeder spent the first three seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Rams. he appeared in all 16 games as a rookie and started in eight of them. In 2020-21 he played over 550 defensive snaps and started in two playoff games. In 2021 Reeder played a career-high 864 defensive snaps and started 10 of 17 regular season games, as well as three post-season games on his way to a Super Bowl wing in 2021. He spent last season reuniting with his former defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and joined the Los Angeles Chargers, where he mainly played special teams but also saw 63 defensive snaps.


Congratulations to Troy and his wife Mary on the birth of their son Beau Daniel Reeder on February 15!

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