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Jets rookie linebacker held odd mark in Guinness Book of World Records

Kristian Dyer
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J.-- While most NFL rookies own some record from either high school or college, Jets rookie linebacker Trevor Reilly is probably the only player in his locker room who was ever in the Guinness Book World of Records.

Nine years ago, the Jets' seventh-round pick was at a Latter Day Saints church near his Center Valley, Calif. home for a youth group event. There were several thousand teens there from churches in the area attempting to set a mark for for the world's largest pillow fight. Of course, there were official representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records on hand to verify the pillow fight as the largest in history, but he said that teens were encouraged to get their own individual records in the Guinness chronicle.

Reilly, who said in high school he'd do “weird eating things” with his friends on dares, was urged to try and set his own Guinness record that night, in addition to participating in the pillow fight. He rather innocently stepped up to a table and eyed a 7.5-ounce onion, an onion he would try to eat in its entirety in the fastest time possible. He was going to go for a world record although he had no idea how bad it'd actually be to get there.

“I took a bite, almost died. Part of it got stuck in my throat. Got it done and then I just ate the whole thing. I look over, and I beat the world record,” Reilly said.

One minute and 33 seconds after that first bite, Reilly wrote his name into the record book, although it came at a price.

“I just showed up and did it. But I don't eat onions anymore. I used to like grilled onions on my burger.,” Reilly said. “Not anymore.”

It took a couple days for him to erase the taste of onions from his mouth and the smell stayed on him even longer.

And for all that trouble, Reilly's record was soon topped.

“I had it for a little while,” Reilly said. “Now I think some guy in England has it and he beat my time. But I had it for a little while.”

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Kristian R. Dyer writes for Metro New York and is a contributor to Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KristianRDyer

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