Jake Reed (American football)

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Jake Reed
No. 86
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1967-09-28) September 28, 1967 (age 52)
Covington, Georgia
Career information
High school:Covington (GA) Newton
College:Grambling State
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:6,999
Receiving touchdowns:36
Player stats at NFL.com

Willie "Jake" Reed (born September 28, 1967) is a former professional American football player who played for 12 seasons in the National Football League as a wide receiver from 1991 to 2002 for the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. Reed played football collegiately at Grambling State University and was selected by the Vikings in the 3rd round of the 1991 NFL Draft, a pick that the Vikings acquired in the Herschel Walker Trade.[1] Jake is the father of J.R. Reed, who is a safety on the 2019 Georgia Bulldogs football team.[2]

NFL career[edit]

Reed had four 1,000 yard seasons in his career[1] with a career-high of 85 receptions in 1994. He was second in receiving yards in the NFL with 1,320 in the 1996 season. Reed finished his career with 450 receptions for 6,999 yards and 36 touchdowns.

In 1994, Reed combined with fellow receiver Cris Carter for 207 receptions, which was an NFL record at the time. Carter and Reed combined to become the first teammate duo to amass 1,000 yards each in four consecutive seasons. Reed was NFC Offensive Player of the Month in September 1997 after 34 catches for 521 yards. Reed would also make 12 plays of 50+ yards with Minnesota, second in team history.


  1. ^ a b Strasen, Marty (2010). Cowboys Chronicles: A Complete History of the Dallas Cowboys. Triumph Books. p. 229. ISBN 9781600783494. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Toughness runs in the football family of Georgia's J.R. Reed". DawgNation. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2019-09-15.