It's finally official. Andre Reed will finally have his bust in Canton, as the Buffalo Bills have announced Reed's election into the Hall of Fame tonight.
Reed retired from the NFL in 2001, and has been eligible for the Hall since 2006, but has been held out for a number of years due to the logjam at the wide receiver position still trying to get their busts into Canton. Cris Carter's induction into the Hall last year paved the way for Reed, who can now officially call himself an NFL legend.
"I'm just glad to be with my teammates,'' Reed said after he was elected to the Hall. "This is the way it's supposed to be, me and my boys. I look at my teammates and my coach (Marv Levy) and we were family.
Reed, a seven-time Pro Bowler, spent the majority of his 16 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, including all four of the Bills' Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s. He gathered in 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns across 234 career NFL games, with his best season arguably coming in 1989, when he caught 88 balls for 1,312 yards and 9 touchdowns.
"Having to wait this long for him is a sin, but the bottom line is he's in and that's what counts," said former Bills QB and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.
Reed was a large part of the reason the Bills were able to come back and beat the Houston Oilers in overtime back in the 1993 NFL playoffs. Reed caught 8 passes for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Bills came back from a 32-point deficit to beat the Oilers 41-38.
Reed will join his former teammates Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas, as well as owner Ralph Wilson as members of the Hall of Fame. He joins a 2014 Class of Hall of Famers headlined by former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Seahawks tackle Walter Jones, Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams as part of the modern era selection. Former Raiders punter Ray Guy and Falcons defensive lineman Claude Humphrey got in as senior candidates.
Andre Reed Inducted Into Pro Football Hall of Fame
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Don't Forget HOF Coach Marv Levy...
He was the architect of it all..
Congrats; Well Deserved!
FInally; Andre reed was one of the best WR that ever laced up - Period. Well deserved. Our of our thanks for the many years, the great games, the excitement of your plays, the TDs and the privilege of having as a Bill. You must be very happy.
It's About Time!!!!!!!
And James Lofton
Also in the HOF and Reed's teammate for 4 years
And here I thought...
the breaking news atop the page was that Ryan Miller finally got traded. FALSE ALARM. Anyway, congratulations to Andre Reed for his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. Well deserved.
How do you spell relief?
B...E...A...Utifullllllllll..... congrats Andre!!!
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What no mention of Marv!!!!!
He is only a Hall of Fame coach!!!!
Congratulations Dre, One hell of a receiver, ((Hey Stevie, WATCH Dre's films and talk to Us who follow who You work for) This is so SWEET. Love it, Sarasota Fred!!!!
You forgot Marv Levy in all your ecitement
It's about time. Very happy for Andre, he deserves this.
All good things take time!
Congratulations Andre! We've been waiting patiently. We knew it would come. All good things take time! We'll see you in Canton this summer!
Who's running this pop stand?
Finally something positive to discuss on here and the moderator is asleep at the switch. What the heck?
ABOUT TIME CONGRADS ANDRE
congrats Andre, well desrevered
BETTER THAN NEVER
ABOUT TIME VOTERS. LONG OVERDUE
CONGRATS TO ANDRE REED.
I KNOW ITS BEEN A LONG TIME BUT YOU MADE IT. I TRY TO MAKE IT; BUT I WAS IN A CAR ACTINDENT. JUST TO SEE YOU AND YOUR WIFE HAPPY WE NEED YOU TO ALSO TO COME BACK HOME. AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT NORWOOD. LETS GO RUFF BUFF.
The Wait is Over
Congrats to Andre Reed for the election to the Hall. Just glad it happened so I do not have to hear about it again. Honestly, all I remember about Andre is how he disrespected everyone after he broke the reception record for the Bills. I was at that game, cheered for him, and then vomited in my mouth with his disrespect for everything after it happened.
reed should have bin in before ivin he was a lot better
You forgot to add Marv Levy to the list. Remember him, he is the one who coached those players to the Super Bowls.
why no Marv
Reed will join his former teammates as well as owner Raiph Wilson - Did I dream that Marv Levy was also in the hall condrads to Andre
It truly is the "Hall of Mediocrity" now that Reed is in. He would be a top 10 exit in the Bulldog and Schopp game. By the way, Ray Guy?? Really?
Great News, well deserved. I am happy for him and the entire Bills family. Go Bills!
Reed waited years to finally be inducted and now the fans are mad they passed over Harrison and Tim Brown? being inducted is just a popularity contest look at Strahan? he was not that great- even Farve "Gave" him a sack to tie a record and being on television made it easier for him- same with Howie Long but being an announcer made it easier for him-so it really means nothing
its about time
Should have been in before ervin and carter
It is about time for Andre Reed!
Its about time. Playing in an era where defensive backs punished receivers going over the middle. Reed consistently ran those patterns, fearlessly and better than anyone else, including Rice.
Its about time, fully deserved this! If the Bills had won a SB in his time he would have been in years ago! Congrats Andre!
Trip to Canton
thank you marv.
Without this man their would not been in the h.o.f. The day mr levy came to town you could feel the releif in the air. this coach told us and i state. We are going to playoffs and the superbowl to win. well we fell short on the win part. But boy getting their was the greatest thing i have every seen in my life. The bills 4 superbowls i coudn't beleive it. When our team just win one bowl. We will go down as on of the greatest team in football. You don't send what is it know 9 Players and coach to the hall without being great.
RE: painful elimination
EXACTLY, Reed should continue to mow Kelly's lawn and clean his pool for getting him voted in. Excellent sales job by Kelly! Tim Brown and Harrison were MUCH BETTER than Reed.
What did Marv do before buffalo?
Marv Levy was a clown who fell backwards into a good situation. Ralph Wilson owned and lived long enough to get into the HOF...What's his winning % as an owner? Should be players only!!!!