Andre Reed

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Andre Reed
Andre Reed Autographs USS Ronald Reagan Mar 20, 2009.jpg
Reed signing autographs in March 2009 for American servicemen aboard the USS Ronald Reagan.
No. 83, 84, 46
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-01-29) January 29, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Kutztown
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 86
Debuted in 1985 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 2000 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 951
Receiving yards 13,198
Touchdowns 87
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Andre Darnell Reed (born January 29, 1964) is a former professional American football player. He played wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons, 15 with the Buffalo Bills (1985–1999) and one with the Washington Redskins (2000). Reed was selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Reed ranks tenth in NFL history in total career receptions with 951. In 2009, Reed was elected to the Buffalo Bills 50th Season All-Time Team.[1]

Football career[edit]

Reed was born in Allentown and began his football career at Allentown's Dieruff High School, where he played quarterback and competed in the East Penn Conference (now known as the Lehigh Valley Conference), which is known for producing top collegiate and NFL football talent. In his senior year (1981–1982), Reed helped lead Dieruff to an EPC tri-championship, tying for the championship with Emmaus High School and Whitehall High School.

Reed then attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he moved to the wide receiver position and quickly drew the attention of the NFL for his speed and durability at the receiver position.

In the 1985 NFL Draft, Reed was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round with the 86th overall selection. He played for the Bills for 15 consecutive seasons, from 1985 through 1999, during which he played in four Super Bowls for the Bills. In 2000, Reed signed a two year contract with the Denver Broncos in June but was buried on the depth chart behind Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey, Robert Brooks and Travis McGriff.[2] Reed eventually asked for his release from the Broncos after then Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan informed Reed that he would be inactive for their 2000 season opener and wanted to make a more immediate contribution.[3] He eventually joined the Washington Redskins and retired after the 2000 season.

NFL records[edit]

Reed ranks near the top in nearly all NFL career statistical receiving categories. He went over 1000 yards four times in a 16 year career, is tenth in NFL history in total career receptions with 951 (behind only Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Isaac Bruce, Hines Ward, Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez, Terrell Owens, and Marvin Harrison), ninth in NFL history in total career receiving yards with 13,198. Reed is also eleventh in NFL history in total career touchdown receptions with 87.

He also rushed for 500 yards and a touchdown on 75 carries. With the Bills, Reed played in four consecutive Super Bowls (1991–1994) and was selected to the Pro Bowl in seven consecutive seasons (1988–1994).

Reed set season career highs with 90 receptions in 1994, ten touchdowns in 1991, and 1,312 receiving yards in 1989.

A tribute to his incredible physical durability, Reed played in 234 NFL games between 1985 and 2000, the 59th most games played by any player in NFL history, including players in less physically demanding positions, such as kickers and punters.

Super Bowl records[edit]

In his four Super Bowls, Reed recorded 27 receptions, the second most total career Super Bowl receptions in NFL history (behind Rice's 33). His 323 total Super Bowl receiving yards are the third most in Super Bowl history (behind only Rice's 604 yards and Lynn Swann's 364).

"The Comeback"[edit]

In addition to the important role he played in taking the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls, Reed is remembered particularly for his contributions to the Bills' extraordinary January 3, 1993 playoff victory over the Houston Oilers, a game that has come to be known simply as "The Comeback." In the game, which Houston led decisively 35-3 during the third quarter, Reed caught three touchdowns in the second half to lead the Bills to the largest comeback in NFL history. Contributing substantially to "The Comeback," Reed finished the game with eight receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns. The game has been enshrined in NFL history as one of the greatest games ever played. It also is recognized as one of the largest comebacks by any team in the history of all of American professional sports.

Following the Bills' victory against the Oilers, Reed went on to catch eight passes for 152 yards in the Bills' 52-17 Super Bowl XXVII loss, on January 31, 1993, to the Dallas Cowboys.

Career Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Average Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1985 BUF 16 48 637 13.3 32 4 0 0 0
1986 BUF 15 53 739 13.9 55 7 0 0 0
1987 BUF 12 57 752 13.2 40 5 0 0 0
1988 BUF 15 71 968 13.6 65 6 0 0 0
1989 BUF 16 88 1,312 13.7 78 9 0 0 0
1990 BUF 16 71 945 13.3 56 8 0 0 0
1991 BUF 16 81 1,113 13.7 55 10 62 0 0
1992 BUF 16 65 913 14.0 51 3 41 4 4
1993 BUF 15 52 854 16.4 65 6 32 1 1
1994 BUF 16 90 1,303 14.5 83 8 64 2 2
1995 BUF 6 24 312 13.0 41 3 10 2 2
1996 BUF 16 66 1,036 15.7 67 6 42 0 0
1997 BUF 15 60 880 14.7 77 5 39 0 0
1998 BUF 15 63 795 12.6 67 5 49 0 0
1999 BUF 16 52 536 10.3 30 1 31 0 0
2000 WSH 13 10 103 10.3 21 1 8 0 0
Total Total 234 951 13,198 13.9 83 87 378 9 9

[4]

NFL Hall of Fame candidacy[edit]

Reed became eligible for induction into the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame, the highest honor afforded a former NFL player, in 2006. However, he was not selected for induction in any of his first four years of eligibility, due in part to the logjam of accomplished wide receiver candidates, including Art Monk, Michael Irvin, and Cris Carter. Although Irvin, Monk and Carter are now enshrined as of 2007, 2008 and 2013 respectively, the logjam became worse than ever for Reed as he was once again overlooked in 2009, and 2010 saw wide receiver candidates Jerry Rice and Tim Brown both eligible for the first time.[5] Rice has long been considered one of the greatest players in league history and was almost assured of being a first ballot Hall of Famer, making 2010 a long shot for Reed. As expected, Rice was inducted, which did clear some of the logjam going forward for Reed. [5]

In 2006, Reed was voted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, joining a number of other players from Bills history whose names are enshrined in the field-encircling cement of Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The 2009 induction ceremony was overwhelmingly pro-Buffalo Bills because former teammate Bruce Smith and owner Ralph Wilson were both inducted. Through the night, Reed was referred to multiple times as "future Hall of Famer" with various speeches voicing their ringing endorsement for Reed as a candidate.

On January 9, 2011, Reed was announced to be one of the 15 finalists to be considered for the Hall of Fame Class of 2011. He, Cris Carter, and Tim Brown were once again passed over. The same trio were among the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2012, and all three were once again passed over.

On February 2, 2013, Reed failed to get voted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame.[6] He made the cut from 15 finalists to 10 last-ballot candidates, though, while Tim Brown finished his candidacy in the group of 15. Cris Carter made the Hall of Fame.

On February 1, 2014, Reed was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Television career[edit]

Since his NFL retirement in 2000, Reed has provided football commentary on the ESPN2 show, First Take, and appears periodically as a football analyst on NFL on Fox. He has also appeared on the Spike TV sports series Pros vs. Joes in the show's second season.

Popular culture[edit]

Reed is mentioned in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire as one of several NFL wide receivers with lucrative contracts, as a fictional wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., tells his agent, played by Tom Cruise, that his contract warrants high pay.

The Andre Reed Foundation[edit]

The Andre Reed Foundation was established in 2010 to help underprivileged children reach their full potential and become responsible contributors to their communities.

Over The Middle[edit]

In 2010, Reed created a line of food products called Over The Middle (OTM).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  2. ^ "PRO FOOTBALL; Former Rivals Join Broncos". The New York Times. July 21, 2000. 
  3. ^ "Reed Bucking The Broncos". CBS News. September 1, 2000. 
  4. ^ "Andre Reed Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Associated Press (2010-02-06). "Rice, Smith land spots in Hall of Fame". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  6. ^ Corbett, Jim (February 2, 2013). "Parcells, Carter finally make Pro Football Hall of Fame". USA Today. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 

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