Tens of thousands of motorists plow through the great state of Delaware daily, hellbent on getting somewhere else.
Almost a million people consider Delaware their home, not just a bridge. They prize those who leave, succeed and don’t forget.
Troy Reeder was a four-quarter star in high school and was on the all-rookie Big Ten team at Penn State. But when his brother Colby chose the U. of Delaware, Troy transferred away from possible Rose Bowls and to the proud FCS program that features the same winged helmet Michigan does.
Now Reeder is the middle of the Rams’ defense, relaying the game plan from coordinator Raheem Morris. He is also coming on strong as the Rams go to Tampa Bay for Sunday’s Divisional Playoff.
“I’d like to be a model for kids back there,” Reeder said. “We’ve had some pretty good athletes from our high school. It’s good to show that you can make it even when you’re from a small area.”
Randy White, the “manster” who won Super Bowls with the Cowboys, leads the Delaware sporting Rushmore. DeLino DeShields, the former Dodger, was a high school legend, too.
When Villanova won the 2018 NCAA basketball title, freshman Donte DiVicenzo was the Final Four MVP, and coach Jay Wright was fond of calling him “the Michael Jordan of Delaware.” But no prep basketball player could surpass Elena Della Donne.
Reeder’s dad was a Delaware all-star and played five years in…