Michael Reilly


215 lbs


6' 3"




Central Washington


Jan 25th, 1985

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Mike re-joined the Lions in February and was the team’s starting quarterback for 16 regular season games until a wrist injury suffered in Edmonton in October ended his year with two games remaining on the schedule. He finished 2019 with 3,897 passing yards which was fifth among all CFL quarterbacks. His biggest output on the year came against Ottawa in September when he threw for 353 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the day. Mike saw his career passing yards eclipse the 30,000-yard mark in 2019 while also pushing his all-time total of 300-yard games to 51.


In 18 games (187 starts), Reilly completed 418-621 passes (67.3%) for 5,562 and 30 touchdowns with 18 interceptions – including a 101-yard touchdown to Derel Walker. Reilly finished the season number one in passing yards, second in touchdowns thrown and touchdowns rushed. He also had 120 carries for 595 yards and 13 touchdowns. Reilly was named CFL Player of the Week for Weeks 1, 7, 10, 18 and 21. He was also named CFL Player of the Month for June and August. Reilly also has two tackles.


In 18 games (18 starts), Reilly completed 447 – 654 passes (68.3 %) for 5830 yards and 30 touchdowns with 13 interceptions – Reilly finished first in the CFL in passing yards and touchdowns and is one of six CFL QBs to record back-to-back 5,000 passing yard seasons. Reilly also finished with 97 carries for 390 yards and 12 touchdowns, which led the league lead in rushing touchdowns – and two tackles. Reilly also set an Eskimos’ record with a 108-yard TD pass to Vidal Hazelton in Week Six. Reilly was named Player of the Month for July and October and Player of the Week in Weeks 5 and 8. Reilly also set the single-season passing record for most yards thrown in an Eskimos’ season and set the season record for total touchdowns with 42. In the West Semi-Final, Reilly completed 23 – 33 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. Reilly also ran seven times for 32 yards. In the West Final, Reilly completed 23 – 38 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown as well as 14 rushing yards and one touchdown on six carries. Reilly was named a West All-Star and won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award.


In 18 games (18 starts), Reilly completed 448-of-633 passes for 5,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also rushed 102 times for 406 yards and nine touchdowns. Reilly was named a CFL Player of the Week for Week 5, Week 15 and Week 16. He was also a Player of the Month for July and October. Reilly became just the third QB in team history to attempt over 600 passes in a season and the fourth to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season. Reilly also recorded 12 300-yard passing games this season. He was the Eskimos Most Outstanding Player with a unanimous selection. In the Eastern Semi-Final against Hamilton, he completed 10-of-19 passes for 133 yards and rushed five times for 20 yards. In the Eastern Final against Ottawa, he completed 20-of-41 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.


In 10 games (nine starts), Reilly completed 214-of-329 passes for 2,449 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed 66 times for 324 yards and two touchdowns and recorded one tackle. Reilly went on the 6-game injured list in Week 3 after sustaining a knee injury in Week 1. He returned in Week 11 against Calgary for the Labour Day Classic. Reilly started the West Final and completed 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed seven times for 30 yards and two touchdowns. In the Grey Cup, Reilly completed 21-of-35 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 66 yards and was named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player for his efforts. Reilly was named a CFL Player of the Week for Week 12, Week 18 and Week 19 and was also named a Player of the Month for October. He was voted the Eskimos Most Outstanding Player.


In 15 games (15 starts) Reilly threw for 3,327 yards, completing 288-of-446 passes with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He recorded 79 carries for 616 yards and eight touchdowns. Reilly's recorded three multi-touchdown games this season. Reilly completed 6-of-8 passes for 53 yards and rushed for six yards on three carries in relief of Matt Nichols in the Western Semi-Final against Saskatchewan. In the Western Final against Calgary, Reilly completed 20-of-33 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also recorded five carries for 17 yards


(Edmonton) In 18 games (18 starts), Reilly has completed 305 of 512 passes for 4,207 yards (59.6% completion rate), 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Reilly has also carried the ball 84 times for 709 yards (8.4 avg.) and one touchdown. Reilly's 709 yards rushing leads all CFL quarterbacks and is fifth in the CFL. In Week 12 against Winnipeg, Reilly rushed for a career-high 113 yards on nine carries. In Week 4 against BC, Reilly caught a 15-yard pass from slotback Cary Koch. In Week 8 against Toronto, Reilly passed for 511 yards, marking the fourth highest in a single game on the Eskimos all-time list. In Week 19, Reilly rushed for 60 yards on seven carries pushing him over the 700-yard mark. Reilly was the first quarterback since Kerry Joseph in 2007 to run for over 700 yards in a season. Reilly's 4,207 yards passing and 24 touchdown passes ranked second in the CFL.


(BC) Reilly saw action in six games (three starts), completing 52 of 75 passes (69.3%) for 682 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran the ball 34 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.


Mike joined the Lions in July as injuries to the quarterback position arised. He dressed for his first game on October 16th and stayed on the active roster for the remainder of the regular season and the West Semi-Final.


Reilly transferred to Central Washington from Washington State after redshirting the 2004 season at Washington State. It proved to be a smart move as he finished up his career in 2008 ranked third in Division II history in career passing yardage (12,448) including the 3,706 yards he threw for in his final season to finish as the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is the Division II Heisman. He holds the NCAA all-divisions record with at least one touchdown pass in all 46 career games and completed 64.1% of his passes during that time including 118 touchdowns during his four years at Central Washington.