Minnesota-Duluth football player dead at 22 after cardiac arrest following workout

University of Minnesota Duluth football player Reid Ryan died suddenly after a workout in the school’s weight room on Tuesday, his family announced. Ryan was 22 years old.

In Ryan’s obituary, his family wrote that he went into cardiac arrest due to an “undetected genetic heart condition.” It added that Ryan immediately received CPR from the school’s training team and was transferred to the ICU at St. Mary’s Duluth.

However, they were unable to restore his pulse.


Minnesota Duluth football player Reid Ryan runs onto the field with his teammates. (University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletics Department)

“Our staff and players are devastated by the news of Mr. Reed’s passing,” UMD head football coach Kurt Wiese said in a statement. “Reid aspired to become better every day in whatever job was put in front of him. His positive attitude, contagious smile, and genuine concern for those around him inspired him to inspire others. We are fortunate to have Reed on our team, and he has helped make our program, department, and community a better place in a short period of time. I did.

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“Reed will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on forever. He was the epitome of a UMD Bulldog and someone we can all aspire to. To his family, , thank you for letting us be a part of his inspiring young life.” Reed was a Bulldog through and through. ”

“Reed had a contagious smile and lived his short life to the fullest. Reed loved people, could talk to anyone, was surrounded by friends, family, and mentors, and loved being part of a team. He created a life for himself. Online Vintage Store – Thrifted Tiger loved traveling, collecting shoes, painting, going to concerts, and cooking. It was written in his obituary.

Reid Ryan runs with the ball.

Reid Ryan runs with the ball for the Minnesota Duluth football team. (University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletics Department)

Reed spent four seasons at North Dakota State before transferring to MDU. He won his NCAA Division I, AA FCS National Title twice in 2019 and 2021 at NDSU.

He recorded eight total tackles in nine games, two of which resulted in a total loss of 10 yards. He also committed a sack while helping a Bulldogs defensive unit that averaged the lowest yards per game in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

“Reed had a positive impact on many people, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” UMD Director of Athletics Forrest Carr said in a statement. “Reid was a kind, caring and thoughtful young man who loved bringing people together. He grew up in my hometown and was loved by those who knew him in Waunakee, Fargo, Duluth and beyond.

Reid Ryan runs on the field

Minnesota Duluth football player Reid Ryan died of cardiac arrest after a school workout. (University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletics Department)


“Our thoughts and prayers are with Reed’s family and friends during this time of grief. We thank everyone for their support of Reed’s teammates and staff.”



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