George Reed, one of the most prolific running backs in Canadian Football League (CFL) history and a legend of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, has passed away. He was 83. The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Reed’s passing in a news release Sunday.
Cause of death
He died due to natural causes.
He was 83.
George Reed’s net worth or net income is estimated to be $1 million – $7 million dollars.
Reed’s CFL career began in 1963 when he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and he quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the football field. Standing at 6 feet and weighing over 215 pounds, Reed possessed a combination of power, speed, and agility that made him a formidable offensive weapon.
Throughout his illustrious career, Reed consistently delivered outstanding performances. He was known for his ability to break tackles, gain tough yards, and excel in short-yardage situations. He became the Roughriders’ primary running back and a key figure in their offensive strategies.
Reed’s career achievements are remarkable. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 11 of his 13 seasons in the CFL, demonstrating remarkable consistency. He was a seven-time CFL All-Star and won the Most Outstanding Player award in 1965. Reed was a key factor in the Roughriders’ Grey Cup victory in 1966, bringing Saskatchewan its first championship in franchise history. He played a crucial role in leading the team to multiple Grey Cup appearances.
One of Reed’s most remarkable achievements is his status as the CFL’s all-time leading rusher at the time of his retirement in 1975, accumulating 16,116 rushing yards over his career. His record would stand for over three decades before being surpassed.
Beyond his on-field accomplishments, George Reed was known for his sportsmanship and leadership both on and off the field. He was a beloved figure in Saskatchewan and a true ambassador for Canadian football.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the game, George Reed was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1979. His legacy as a legendary running back and his impact on the CFL continue to be celebrated by football fans across Canada.