Former Baltimore Raven and New York Jet Konrad Reuland died a little over a week after he was reunited with the love of his life. Reuland’s girlfriend was professional soccer player Jordan Roseboro, 25. She has been playing in Europe. On November 26, Roseboro tweeted “Next Friday can’t come soon enough @konrad_reuland.” Two days later, Reuland suffered a brain aneurysm.
Reuland’s death was announced on December 12. He was 29 years old. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during a press conference, “We lost a Raven today. I just want to offer condolences to his family. We love Konrad Reuland. Every single guy in the locker room loves him.”
Here’s what you need to know about the love of Reuland’s life:
1. She’s the First American to Play Professional Sports in Kazakhstan
Roseboro played soccer professionally for the Western New York Flash and most recently for BIIK-Kazygurt in Kazakhstan. On her LinkedIn page, Roseboro says she left the team in October 2015. Although tweets from her official Twitter indicate she is still playing in Kazakhstan.
Along with teammate Remi Gebba, the pair are the first two Americans to play professional sports in the country. Roseboro told Tribal Football that she struggled with the language, food and medicine in the country upon her move.
During her time there, Roseboro was named as the team’s midfielder of the year and in the league’s team of the year. Another highlight saw her play against the mighty Barcelona in the Champions League. Despite losing the round, BIIK-Kazygurt did tie with Barca. A Spanish news report on the game read, “Barcelona could not do their job because of the strength shown by Jordan Roseboro.”
Prior to moving to Eastern Europe, Roseboro played for the Western New York Flash alongside megastars Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd. Roseboro told Tribal Football in 2015 that she left without playing a game. She added, “I felt frustrated with the situation. It was a phenomenal opportunity to practice with and learn from such world class stars as Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd.”
2. Roseboro Is a Graduate of the University of Miami
Roseboro played college ball and studied sports management at the University of Miami. She writes of her time in college:
Led and motivated a 23-person team roster to success in winning seasons. Partnered with coaching staff to create team chemistry, mentor freshman players and direct the players on the field. A four year starter that controlled and directed the midfield.
While studying in Miami, Roseboro became friends with San Francisco Giants pitcher E.J. Encinosa. Roseboro had been working in the marketing department for the school’s baseball team. She also worked as a youth soccer coach while in college.
An article on the school’s website credited Roseboro’s place in the team as helping “recover more balls and retain possession.”
When asked why she picked Miami, Roseboro told Digital Sports, “The one thing I liked about Miami was that it was a really small school. Academically it’s just a better fit for me. Athletically, I wanted to go to a program where the incoming class was going to actually do something … added talent that can make an impact to the program.”
Roseboro’s official profile at the University of Miami says that she picked the school over, “Connecticut, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, Santa Clara, Illinois, Boston University and Georgetown.”
3. Her Mother Is a U.S. Army Veteran
A post on Veteran’s Day on Roseboro’s Instagram page says that her mother is a U.S. Army veteran. Roseboro writes, “jordanroseboroShout out to Miss Diva aka my mom. Shootin’ those AK47s back in the day. For those of y’all that don’t know this woman she’s the true definition of a Boss Lady.”
In her final two seasons playing high school soccer for Atlee High School in Virginia, Roseboro scored 69 goals from midfield. Her high school coach, Bruce Lovelace, told Richmond.com that Roseboro “almost plays at college level.” That same article says that Roseboro was playing for the McClean Freedom in high school, a team associated with the Washington Freedom from the USA.
4. When Reuland Joined the Jets, He Said He Wouldn’t Start to Enjoy NYC Until Roseboro Came to See Him
In an interview with the New York Jets official website upon joining the franchise, Reuland was asked about what he would do in his spare time. He said that he didn’t have much spare time on his hands but added:
My free time when my girlfriend will come out, we’ll go to wherever. It’s a cool area. It’s way different, way different. I would say there’s no place like home, but at the same time, this is a pretty cool place to be.
Reuland played for the Jets from September 2012 until November 2013.
5. Reuland’s Death Is Being Met With an Outpouring of Emotion From the NFL’s Biggest Stars
Reuland death was met with an outpouring of emotion on Twitter. Some of the NFL’s biggest names paid tribute to the former star. Here are some of the most poignant messages: