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Former NFL WR Al Riles reportedly shot and killed at the age of 27

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Al Riles the former UL Ragin Cajuns WR was reportedly shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Please keep his family in your prayers during this tough time.

Al Riles was everything you wanted in a football player. He was a game changer. The kid could take a short pass to the house, and was a beast on defense too. Riles played for UL from 2012-2016, and was an All-Sun Belt Conference player during his senior year.

Well, Riles was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas according to a report from ESPN 1420.

In his career, Riles appeared in 53 games, total 140 receptions for 1,560 yards and scored 7 touchdowns.

Riles also had 1 pick and 34 tackles on the defensive side of the ball for the Ragin Cajuns.

Riles went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft and signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He would later be released.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help bury the former Louisiana playmaker.

The fundraising campaign, posted by his mother, Diedre, says his death was sudden and unexpected.

“He impacted every life he touched. Had a smile that could light up a room. A laugh that would fill the air with warmth. We lost a friend, a brother, a daughter lost her father, and a mother lost her son. A life gone too soon,” she wrote.

Please pray for the Riles family during this tough time. We at NFL Draft Diamonds send our condolences to the family.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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