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Willard Reaves
Date of birth: August 17, 1959 (1959-08-17) (age 50)
Place of birth: Flagstaff, Arizona
Career information
Position(s): Running back
Jersey №: 38
College: Northern Arizona
 As player:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
Miami Dolphins
Washington Redskins
Playing stats at

Willard Sheldon Reaves (born August 17, 1959 in Flagstaff, Arizona) is a former Canadian Football League running back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He also played in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins.


College career

Reaves played college football at Northern Arizona University from 1977 to 1980. He rushed for 2,139 yards at university, the best being 1979 when he rushed for 1,084 yards and was voted an All American.

In 1992, Reaves was inducted into the Northern Arizona University Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 2002 he became a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Professional career


Canadian Football League

Reaves played five seasons for the Blue Bombers from 1983 to 1987. He rushed for 898 yards in his first year and was runner up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award and an all star. In 1984, he rushing for 1,733 yards on 304 carries and 18 touchdowns, all team records, and helped him win the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. He also helped his team win the 72nd Grey Cup, their first victory since 1962.

Reaves rushed for 1,000 yards two other times (1,323 in 1985 and 1,471 in 1987) and finished his career with 5,923 total rushing yards for the Blue Bombers. He was a three time CFL all star.

National Football League

He also tried out with the NFL (he was originally undrafted) and in 1989 he played two games with the Miami Dolphins and one game with the Washington Redskins.

Personal life

Following his retirement from the NFL, Reaves moved back to Winnipeg and became a Sergeant with the Manitoba Sheriff Service. Willard's son Ryan plays right wing for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, while other son Jordan plays high school basketball in Winnipeg for the Shaftesbury High School Titans.

Willard Reaves became a Canadian citizen in 1990.

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