MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew underwent heart transplant surgery late a year ago.
The two families are now planning to team up to use Rod and Konrad's celebrity to promote the American Heart Association and to encourage many more people to become organ donors.
Reuland died on December 12 from complications of a brain aneurysm he suffered in November and was out of professional football at the time, having bounced around the league for five seasons as a tight end.
However, just days after Reuland's death, his family noticed news stories about Carew receiving a heart and kidney and couldn't help but wonder. It was revealed this week his heart is the one that's now beating inside former Minnesota Twin Rod Carew.
Mary Reuland told the Ravens' website that she still remembers the day nearly 20 years ago that her son came home from school after meeting Carew.
As she spent her final hours and minutes with her son, Mary Reuland said she kept her right ear on his chest. Along the way he earned a reputation for being great with kids, including one wide-eyed boy named Konrad Reuland.
The programs name came from the jersey number that Carew wore throughout his career.
It was only later that he discovered the vital organs came from Reuland - a fellow Orange County, Calif., resident who went to elementary school with Carew's daughter.
"The whole thing is just unbelievable", Carew told American Heart Association News.
Around the time of Reuland's funeral, there were news reports that Carew, the 18-time all-star infielder who finished his illustrious baseball career with 3,053 hits, had received a heart and kidney transplant.
"We lost a wonderful man, so it had to go into a wonderful person", Mary added. He spent a year with a left ventricular assist device in his chest handling the work of his damaged heart.
Carew was released from the hospital in February, and the Reulands, having found out the unlikely recipients of Konrad's donations, invited him and his family to their home last month. A month later, on December 9, he was at the top of the list. "When we left him for the last time I said, 'Whoever gets his heart better deserve his heart because it was a good one'".
Carew gets another chance after the donation of a now-30-year-old heart from a 6'6, 270-pound former Stanford and NFL football player. "And I said, 'I hope I get to hear this again one day'". Rod was released from the hospital on February 14, and the Reulands invited Rod and his family to their home on March 2.
Mary lifted her head, nodded and said, Ive got it memorized.. "It was really kind of cute", she told Baltimoreravens.com. "I went back up, and the guy told me that I missed my plane".