He is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver in the NFL for 16 seasons, 15 with the Buffalo Bills (1985-1999) and one with the Washington Redskins (2000).
He is widely considered one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game. During his NFL career, he was known as a highly durable and tough receiver. He was a fearless over-the-middle receiver, never afraid to take punishing blows in exchange for receptions and often shaking off tackles for significant after-catch running yards.
He became eligible for induction into the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, but was not one of the finalists announced during January of that year due largely to the logjam of accomplished wide receiver candidates. Most analysts believe Reed’s extraordinary receiving statistics, along with the role he played in taking the Bills to four Super Bowls, almost surely will ultimately guarantee him Hall of Fame selection. [May 2006]
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.