Eskimos QB Mike Reilly doesn't count on luck, despite Irish roots

Mike Reilly says while he has a few little quirks, he likes to laugh in the face of some...

Mike Reilly says while he has a few little quirks, he likes to laugh in the face of some superstitions -- like wearing the No. 13. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency/Files)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:56 PM ET

EDMONTON - Don’t believe in the luck o’ the Irish? Mike Reilly might be in the same boat.

Sure, his first foray as a starting CFL quarterback left plenty to be desired considering his Edmonton Eskimos are coming off a 4-14 record.

But just the fact that he was able to get up and walk off the field on his own two feet after the season of punishment he took is enough to leave even the faintest of superstitious hearts grasping for the nearest four-leaf clover — or at least a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal.

Superstition is a funny thing for some athletes.

So when Reilly looked to connect with his Irish roots and head off to visit his ancestral homeland on the Emerald Isle over the off-season, he wasn’t on a quest to find a luck-filled pot at the end of a rainbow or anything.

After all, Reilly’s reality is he chooses to wear No. 13 to work every day.

He’d take a wall of 300-pounders to protect him in the pocket rather than a bunch of little leprechauns any day.


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