ANDRE REED

ANDRE REED

Class of 2014
Wide Receiver >>> 6-2, 190
(Kutztown)
1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Andre Darnell Reed ... Fourth round pick by Buffalo, 1985 ... Most prolific receiver in Bills history, 941 career receptions are 266 more than number two on that list ... Amassed 13,198 career receiving yards ... Known for his “yards after catch,” ... His 951 career receptions third all-time at the time of his retirement ... His 13 seasons with 50-plus receptions exceeded only by Jerry Rice ... All-AFC four times ... Seven Pro Bowls ... Born January 29, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

In 1985, the Buffalo Bills used their fourth round pick in the draft to select wide receiver Andre Reed out of relatively little known Kutztown State University.   The fact that the Bills also used a second round pick to select a wide receiver, and already had a Pro Bowl receiver in Jerry Butler, suggested that Reed would have to distinguish himself just to make the team.  Reed, however, not only made the team, he managed to play 15 seasons with the Bills (1985-1999) and one final year with the Washington Redskins (2000). In the process he was selected to play in seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-1995), rewrote the Bills’ record book and added several entries in the NFL’s record book. 

When Reed retired, he was considered one of the greatest “yards after catch” receivers and his 951 career receptions ranked third in league history.  His 13 seasons, including nine consecutive, with 50-plus receptions was exceeded only by Jerry Rice at the time of Reed's retirement. 

Without a doubt, the most prolific receiver in Bills history, Reed, a four-time All-AFC choice, is still the team’s all-time leading receiver with 941 receptions, (266 more than number two on the list).  His 13,095 career reception yards are still a team best, as are his 36 games with 100-plus receiving yards and his 15 receptions in a game. 

A scoring threat, Reed is tied with Bills running back Thurman Thomas for most career touchdowns (87), most of which came on passes from Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.   The Kelly-Reed tandem also held the NFL record for career completions (663) until 2004 when it was eclipsed by the Indianapolis Colts combination of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

Reed made most of his career receptions over the middle where hard-hitting linebackers and safeties often lurked.  "He was really good at running the short route and turning it into a long gain," said teammate Steve Tasker. "Jim (Kelly) loved it because it was an easy throw for a lot of yards. We all loved it because he could turn a nothing five-yard completion into a 65-yard touchdown. That's what Andre's gift was."

Reed added an additional 85 catches for 1,229 yards, including five 100-yard games, in the post-season during his career.  He started in five AFC championship games and four Super Bowls.

Year Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1985 Buffalo
16
48
637
13.3
4
1986 Buffalo
15
53
739
13.9
7
1987 Buffalo
12
57
752
13.2
5
1988 Buffalo
15
71
968
13.6
6
1989 Buffalo
16
88
1312
14.9
9
1990 Buffalo
16
71
945
13.3
8
1991 Buffalo
16
81
1113
13.7
10
1992 Buffalo
16
65
913
14
3
1993 Buffalo
15
52
854
16.4
6
1994 Buffalo
16
90
1303
14.5
8
1995 Buffalo
6
24
312
13
3
1996 Buffalo
16
66
1036
15.7
6
1997 Buffalo
15
60
880
14.7
5
1998 Buffalo
15
63
795
12.6
5
1999 Buffalo
16
52
536
10.3
1
2000 Washington
13
10
103
10.3
1
Career Total  
234
951
13,198
13.9
87
Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 75-500, 1 TD; Passing: 1-1-32; Punt Returns: 5-12
Championship Games

1988 AFC - Cincinnati Bengals 21, Buffalo Bills 10
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown.

1990 AFC - Buffalo Bills 51, Los Angeles Raiders 3
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had two receptions for 29 yards.

1991 AFC - Buffalo Bills 10, Denver Broncos 7
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had two receptions for 19 yards and one rush for 16 yards.

1992 AFC - Buffalo Bills 29, Miami Dolphins 10
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had three receptions for 25 yards and two rushes for six yards.

1993 AFC - Buffalo Bills 30, Kansas City 13
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had four receptions for 49 yards and one rush for eight yards.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXV - New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had eight receptions for 62 yards.

Super Bowl XXVI - Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 34 yards and one fumble.

Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had eight receptions for 152.

Super Bowl XXVIII - Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13
Reed started the game at wide receiver. He had six receptions for 75 yards.

All-NFL Second Team: 1989 (AP, NEA), 1990 (AP, NEA), 1991 (NEA)

All-AFC: 1989 (UPI, PW), 1990 (UPI, PW), 1991 (UPI, PW), 1994 (UPI, PW)

(7) - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994*, 1995

* Did not play

At time of his retirement following 2000 season

[2nd] Most Seasons 50 or More Pass Receptions - 13
[3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Career - 951

Super Bowl Records

[2nd] Most Pass Receptions, Career - 27
[3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Career - 323

Post Season Records

[Tied for 1st] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Game - 3 (vs. Houston, Jan. 3, 1993)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game - 3 (vs. Houston, Jan. 3, 1993)
[3rd] Most Pass Receptions, Career - 85
[Tied for 3nd] Most Games 100 or More Yards Receiving, Career - 5

Bills' records held by Reed
Records through the 1999 season, Reed's final season with Buffalo

[1st] Most Receptions, Career - 941
[1st] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Career - 86
[1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career - 13,095
[1st] Most Games, Regular Season - 221
[1st] Most Receptions, Game - 15 (vs. Green Bay, Nov. 20, 1994)
[1st] Most Receptions, Season - 90 (1994)
[1st] Most 100-Yard Receiving Games - 36
[Tied for 1st] Most Seasons - 15
[Tied for 1st] Most Touchdowns, Career - 87
[Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Reception - 43 (1986-1989)
[2nd] Most Yards Receiving, Season - 1,312 (1989)
[2nd] Most Receptions, Season - 88 (1989)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Receptions, Game - 13 (vs. Denver, Sept. 18, 1989)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdown Receptions, Season - 10 (1991)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdown Receptions, Game - 3 (vs. New England, Sept. 5, 1993)
[3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Season - 1,303 (1994)
[3rd] Most Receptions, Season - 81 (1991)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Points, Career - 522
[Tied for 3rd] Most Touchdown Receptions, Season - 9 (1989)

Post-Season Records

[1st] Most Receptions, Career - 85
[1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career - 1,229
[1st] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Game - 3 (vs. Houston, Jan. 3, 1993)
[Tied for 1st] Most Points, Game - 18 (vs. Houston, Jan. 3, 1993)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Game - 2 (vs. Kansas City, Jan. 5, 1992; vs. Miami, Jan. 12, 1991)
[3rd] Most Receptions, Game - 8 (vs. NY Giants, Jan. 27, 1991; vs. Houston, Jan. 3, 1993; vs. Dallas, Jan. 31, 1993)
[3rd] Most Yards Receiving - 152 (vs. Dallas, Jan. 31, 1993)

AFC Statistical Championships
Pass Receiving Titles: 1989

Team Statistical Championships
Pass Receiving Titles: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997

Year Team
W
L
T
Division Finish
1985 Buffalo Bills
2
14
0
(5th)
1986 Buffalo Bills
4
12
0
(4th)
1987 Buffalo Bills
7
8
0
(4th)
1988 Buffalo Bills
12
4
0
(1st)
1989 Buffalo Bills
9
7
0
(1st)
1990 Buffalo Bills
13
3
0
(1st)
1991 Buffalo Bills
13
3
0
(1st)
1992 Buffalo Bills
11
5
0
(2nd)
1993 Buffalo Bills
12
4
0
(1st)
1994 Buffalo Bills
7
9
0
(4th)
1995 Buffalo Bills
10
6
0
(1st)
1996 Buffalo Bills
10
6
0
(2nd)
1997 Buffalo Bills
6
10
0
(4th)
1998 Buffalo Bills
10
6
0
(3rd)
1999 Buffalo Bills
11
5
0
(2nd)
2000 Washington Redskins
8
8
0
(3rd)

 

Full Name: Andre Darnell Reed

Birthdate: January 29, 1964

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania

High School: Louis E. Dieruff (Allentown, PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 1, 2014

Other Members of Class of 2014: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams

Pro Career: 16 seasons, 234 games

Drafted: 4th round (86th overall) in 1985 by Buffalo Bills

Uniform Number: #83

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