When ex-Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland died last December, John Harbaugh took the podium later that evening after a Monday Night game and told reporters, "Every single guy in that locker room loves him who knows him."
Of course, there are plenty of people outside of Baltimore's locker room who loved Reuland, too. And thanks to a powerful story published Friday by Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, everyone now understands why Rod Carew is one of those people.
Just a few months before suffering a fatal brain aneurysm, Reuland signed up to be an organ donor, Brown writes. Carew, meanwhile — an 18-time MLB All-Star — needed a new heart after having a massive heart attack in 2015.
The heart he eventually received turned out to be Reuland's.
"I just thank him for saving my life and putting a roaring heart inside my body," Carew said. "We have a long way to go together."
To add another wrinkle to an already amazing account, Reuland had actually met Carew back when Reuland was a sixth-grader. Afterward, he excitedly told his mom about the news.
No one knew then that it would be Reuland who'd end up having a much bigger effect on Carew's life.