Born on this day back in 1981 is former UTEP Miner Freshman-All America and NFL lineman Trey Darilek.
Darilek was a 6'5 230 pound tightend out of San Antonio Lee when he committed to the Miners. He got a meal plan at UTEP and bulked up to just north of 300 pounds. Were it not for an MCL injury his junior year, Darilek would have started every game of his four year UTEP career. As it was, he started 42, earning Freshman All-American honors in 2000 as part of the WAC champion Miners.
Darilek made First Team All-WAC as a senior. After graduating from UTEP, Darilek was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 4th round. He spent two seasons with the Eagles. He had cups of coffee with the Cowboys, Dolphins, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Darilek played briefly in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos before calling it quits.
Darilek was named to UTEP All-Centennial Football Team in 2014, joining such legendary Miners as Don Maynard, Johnnie Lee Higggins, Tony Tolbert, Seth Joyner, Barron Wortham, Jesse Whittenton, and Chris Jacke.
Happy Birthday to Miner Great Trey Darilek.