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.