Hall of Famer Andre Reed to speak at West kickoff dinner

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed (83) and teammate Keith McKeller celebrate Reed's third touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Oilers, Jan. 4, 1993 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills staged the biggest comeback in NFL history to beat the Oilers 41-38 in overtime. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

A four-time Super Bowl participant and Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver is coming to Morristown.

Andre Reed, a 16-year National Football League veteran with the Buffalo Bills (1985-99) and Washington Redskins (2000) will be the guest speaker at the 17th annual Morristown West Trojan Quarterback Club’s Kickoff Classic Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 15, at First Baptist Church in Morristown.

The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Reed set to speak at approximately 7:30 p.m.

“It’s not every day that any program can get a guy who played in a Super Bowl, let alone four in a row, to speak to the team and fans,” West football coach Dr. Alvin Sanders said. “On top of that, he is a Hall of Famer. He has a championship pedigree, a passion and love for young people, and it’s a great honor to have him come speak at our Kickoff Classic Dinner.

“I’m like a little kid again. I can still remember watching those Super Bowls he played in, and he was part of the reason I wanted to be a wide receiver, just watching him play and how hard he played the game. We’re really excited and blessed to have this opportunity.”

A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania and graduate of NCAA Division II Kutztown College, Reed had a legendary career to say the least.

Reed is the all-time career leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in Bills history, and he has been inducted into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

In his four Super Bowl appearances, Reed recorded 27 receptions, the second most total career receptions in the Super Bowl in NFL history. His 323 receiving yards in his four Super Bowl games ranks third in Super Bowl history.

Reed ranks near the top in nearly all NFL career statistical receiving categories. He ranks 10th in NFL history in total receptions (951), 11th in all-time touchdown receptions (87) and 13th in all-time receiving yards (13,198). He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time NEA Second Team All-Pro, two-time Associated Press All-Pro as well as being inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.

He went over 1,000 yards four times in his career while also rushing for 500 yards and a touchdown on 75 carries. With the Bills, he played in four consecutive Super Bowls (1991-94) and was selected to the Pro Bowl in seven consecutive seasons (1988-94). He set season career highs with 90 receptions in 1994, 10 touchdowns in 1991 and 1,312 receiving yards in 1989.

Off the field, Reed founded The Andre Reed Foundation (andrereedfoundation.org) was established in 2010 to help underprivileged children reach their full potential and become responsible contributors to their communities.

In 2017, Reed started a literacy program called Read 83: Reed Across America Literacy Tour. The program challenges youth to read 83 books for a chance to win a trip to an NFL game with him during the season. Through the program, he hosts Reed-ing Rallies in NFL cities and inspires youth to realize reading is fundamental to ensuring a great future.

Sponsorships are available for the 2019 West football team. Each sponsorship level includes seats at the dinner, an advertisement in the annual fall sports program and season tickets and parking passes to all home football games. For more information on sponsorships, contact David Wild by phone at 423-581-5639, extension 3105.