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George Reed
Date of birth October 2, 1939 (1939-10-02) (age 70)
Place of birth Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Position(s) Running back
College Washington State University
Career highlights
CFL All-Star 1965, 1966, 1967,
1968, 1969, 1971
1972, 1973, 1974
Awards 1965 CFL MOP
1976 Tom Pate Memorial Award
Teams
1963-1975 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

George Robert Reed, CM (born October 2, 1939 in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is a former American college football and Canadian Football League player. Reed, along with Mike Pringle and Johnny Bright, is one of the players most often mentioned as being the greatest running back in CFL history. In November, 2006, Reed was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#2) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.[1]

Reed played his entire 13 year professional football career for the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders and his #34 jersey is one of eight that has been retired by the club.

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College career

Reed played Pacific Eight Conference college football with the Washington State University Cougars from 1959 to 1962.

Professional career

Following college, Reed signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he starred for 12 years from 1963 until 1975, 203 games in all. By the time he retired, Reed held career records in rushing yards (16,116), rushing touchdown (134), and touchdowns (137). His rushing yards total has since been surpassed by National Football League stars Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, and, in 2004 by CFL star Mike Pringle. George Reed still holds the CFL rushing touchdowns record (134).

George Reed was voted the CFL's Most Outstanding Player for 1965 and in 1976 he was the inaugural winner of the Tom Pate Memorial Trophy for playing ability and community service. Between 1972 and 1981, Reed was President of the CFL Player’s Association.

On October 9, 1973 in Regina, Saskatchewan, George Reed was honored with the unique proclamation of October 34th as George Reed Day.

Post-football career

A naturalized Canadian citizen who is currently a Corporate Event Host for Casino Regina, Reed was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1978, Canada's highest civilian honour, and in 1979 was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[2 ][3 ]

References

  1. ^ "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=10867. Retrieved 2007-07-05.  
  2. ^ "Pringle chasing down George Reed". TSN.ca (original article by Canadian Press. 2004-09-03. http://prodtsn.tsn.ca/cfl/teams/news_story/?ID=97369&hubname=cfl-eskimos. Retrieved 2007-07-05.  
  3. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (2006-04-22). "The might-have-beens of George Reed". Edmonton Journal (original article appeared in Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/sports/story.html?id=16743c5f-5972-4a5b-9ee9-59910918b815. Retrieved 2007-07-05.  

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lovell Coleman
CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1965
Succeeded by
Russ Jackson
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George Reed
Date of birth: October 2, 1939 (1939-10-02) (age 71)
Place of birth: Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Washington State University
Organizations
 As player:
1963-1975 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1965, 1966, 1967,
1968, 1969, 1971
1972, 1973, 1974
Awards: 1965 CFL MOP
1976 Tom Pate Memorial Award
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1979

George Robert Reed, CM (born October 2, 1939 in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is a former American college football and Canadian Football League player. Reed, along with Mike Pringle and Johnny Bright, is one of the players most often mentioned as being the greatest running back in CFL history. In November, 2006, Reed was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#2) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.[1]

Reed played his entire 13 year professional football career for the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders and his #34 jersey is one of eight that has been retired by the club.

Contents

College career

Reed played Pacific Eight Conference college football with the Washington State University Cougars from 1959 to 1962 where he was teamed with fellowed CFL Hall of Famer Hugh Campbell.

Professional career

Following college, Reed signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he starred for 12 years from 1963 until 1975, 203 games in all. By the time he retired, Reed held career records in rushing yards (16,116), rushing touchdown (134), and touchdowns (137). His rushing yards total has since been surpassed by National Football League stars Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, and, in 2004 by CFL star Mike Pringle. Pringle retired that year tied with Reed's total of 137 career touchdowns, and the two now share the record. George Reed still holds the CFL rushing touchdowns record of 134.

George Reed was voted the CFL's Most Outstanding Player for 1965 and in 1976 he was the inaugural winner of the Tom Pate Memorial Trophy for playing ability and community service. Between 1972 and 1981, Reed was President of the CFL Player’s Association.

On October 9, 1973 in Regina, Saskatchewan, George Reed was honored with the unique proclamation of October 34th as George Reed Day.

Post-football career

A naturalized Canadian citizen who is currently a Corporate Event Host for Casino Regina, Reed was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1978, Canada's highest civilian honour, and in 1979 was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[2][3]

References

  1. ^ "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=10867. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Pringle chasing down George Reed". TSN.ca (original article by Canadian Press. 2004-09-03. http://prodtsn.tsn.ca/cfl/teams/news_story/?ID=97369&hubname=cfl-eskimos. Retrieved 2007-07-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (2006-04-22). "The might-have-beens of George Reed". Edmonton Journal (original article appeared in Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/sports/story.html?id=16743c5f-5972-4a5b-9ee9-59910918b815. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lovell Coleman
CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1965
Succeeded by
Russ Jackson

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