George Reed (Canadian football)

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George Reed
No. 34
George Reed.jpg
Reed as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders
Born: (1939-10-02) October 2, 1939 (age 83)
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
CollegeWashington State
Career history
As administrator
19721981CFLPA (President)
19861993CFLPA (President)
As player
19631975Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star19651969, 19711974
CFL West All-Star19651969, 19711975
Awards1965 - CFL MOP
1976 - Tom Pate Memorial Award.- 54th Grey Cup - Grey Cup Most Valuable Player
Career stats

George Robert Reed, CM, SOM (born October 2, 1939), 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.

His daughter Georgette represented Canada in the 1992 Summer Olympics in the shot put competition.

College career[edit]

Reed played Pacific-8 Conference college football with the Washington State University Cougars from 1959 to 1962 where he was teamed with fellow Canadian Football Hall of Famer Hugh Campbell.


Following college, Reed signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he starred for 13 years from 1963 until 1975, 203 games in all. By the time he retired, Reed held career records in rushing yards (16,116), rushing touchdowns (134), and touchdowns (137). Reed's 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 tied Reed's total of 137 career touchdowns, and George Reed still holds the CFL rushing for touchdowns record with 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. He was the MVP of the 54th Grey Cup of 1966, as Saskatchewan defeated Ottawa, his sole Grey Cup win.

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

In 1972, while still an active player, Reed became the fourth president of the Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA). He maintained the CFLPA presidency until 1981, six years after his retirement from the CFL. Reed returned as the sixth president of the CFLPA from 1986 to 1993.

Career regular season rushing statistics[2][edit]

Year Team Rush Yards Y/R Lg TD
1963 Saskatchewan Roughriders 173 751 4.3 22 5
1964 Saskatchewan Roughriders 185 1012 5.5 55 10
1965 Saskatchewan Roughriders 274 1768 6.5 46 12
1966 Saskatchewan Roughriders 266 1409 5.3 71 6
1967 Saskatchewan Roughriders 302 1471 4.9 50 15
1968 Saskatchewan Roughriders 268 1222 4.6 69 16
1969 Saskatchewan Roughriders 273 1353 5.0 29 12
1970 Saskatchewan Roughriders 193 821 4.3 21 5
1971 Saskatchewan Roughriders 218 1146 5.3 56 12
1972 Saskatchewan Roughriders 224 1069 4.8 59 13
1973 Saskatchewan Roughriders 256 1193 4.7 23 12
1974 Saskatchewan Roughriders 288 1447 5.0 26 5
1975 Saskatchewan Roughriders 323 1454 4.5 22 11
CFL Totals 3243 16116 5.0 71 134

Post-football career[edit]

A naturalized Canadian citizen who is currently the Director of Guest and Community Relations at SaskGaming, 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.[3][4]

He is the father of Georgette Reed who represented Canada in the women's shot put at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

In 2012 in honour of the 100th Grey Cup, Canada Post used his image on a series of commemorative postage stamps. The image was also used on presentation posters and other materials to promote the Grey Cup game and other celebrations associated with the centennial.[citation needed]

In November 2019, a stretch of road along the north end of the Roughriders' current home, Mosaic Stadium, was renamed "George Reed Way" in his honour, with the stadium's official address changed to 1734 George Reed Way.[5][6]

In November 9, 2022, Globe Theatre located in Regina produced a live theatre show based on George Reed's CFL life(1963 to 1975) in Regina. The play is written by Munish Sharma. [7]


  1. ^ "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
  2. ^ "George Reed football statistics on".
  3. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (2006-04-22). "The might-have-beens of George Reed". Edmonton Journal (original article appeared in Saskatoon Star-Phoenix). Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
  4. ^ "Pringle chasing down George Reed". (original article by Canadian Press. 2004-09-03. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
  5. ^ "Avenue near Mosaic Stadium renamed George Reed Way to honour legend". Global News. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  6. ^ "Road outside Mosaic Stadium renamed in honour of George Reed". leaderpost. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  7. ^ "#34". Globe Theratre. Retrieved 2022-11-10.

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