He is considered one of the greatest and most consistent wide receivers in the proud history of the NFL, and a soon to be Hall Of Famer who’s true “Cinderella Story” saw him come from tiny Kutztown University to become one of the greats to ever play his position!! He ranks near the top in nearly all NFL career statistical receiving categories having caught for over 1000 yards four times in a 16 year career, is eighth in NFL history in total career receptions with 951 (behind only Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Isaac Bruce, Tony Gonzalez, Terrell Owens, and Marvin Harrison), ninth in NFL history in total career receiving yards with 13,198, eleventh in NFL history in total career touchdown receptions with 87, was selected to the Pro Bowl in seven consecutive seasons (1988–1994) and perhaps most impressively played in 234 NFL games between 1985 and 2000, (the 59th most games played by any player in NFL history), including players in less physically demanding positions, such as kickers and punters. He starred alongside Hall Of Famers: Jim Kelly, Thurmon Thomas, and Bruce Smith, and was coached by Hall Of Famer Marv Levy, forming one of the greatest teams ever assembled, and who many call “The Team Of The Nineties” alongside the Dallas Cowboys. In 2006, he was voted into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, joining fewer than a dozen other players in Bills history to have his name enshrined in the field-encircling cement of Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium (For anyone who has ever been to Buffalo, there is almost no greater NFL Fan Base then the Bills, and Andre is a God there). And most importantly in an age where NFL Players dream of playing in just one Super Bowl and seemed to be more concerned about being Twitter celebrities or getting reality shows, this man played in 4 straight Super Bowls from 1991-1994, and recorded 27 receptions, the second most total career Super Bowl receptions in NFL history (behind Rice’s 33) and his 323 total Super Bowl receiving yards are the third most in Super Bowl history (behind only Rice’s 604 yards and Lynn Swann‘s 364). And let’s not forget that he was the star in one of the greatest NFL games ever played simply titled “The Comeback”, where he scored 3 touchdowns in leading the Bills back from the largest deficit in NFL history in a 1993 playoff game against the Houston Oilers when down 35-3 at halftime. Meet a true NFL Legend, and more importantly class act, NFL Great, Andre Reed!!
When I tell you that in an age where athletes are bigger divas than most movie stars, the time I spent with this man was truly a study in humility, class, and a lesson in what every athlete today should be. Andre is one of the most approachable and charismatic guys you will ever meet (I told him he should be doing NFL Broadcasting for a network), and unlike most athletes today who have disgusting entitlement mentalities before they have even won or achieved anything and hold press conferences to talk about “Taking their Talents to South Beach”, he is unbelievably down to Earth viewing his career as a miracle based on unwavering commitment and work ethic leading him to play 16 years in a sport so brutal that the average career expectancy is 3.7 years and getting the reputation as one of the most respected and toughest “Over The Middle” receivers to ever play the game. He is everything that is soo awesome about the “Old School” athlete, and what’s wrong with today’s athlete..
Here he spends the afternoon with “The King Of Kamelot” at one of the coolest sports bars around, Starters Riverport in Bethlehem, PA (He was born right next door in Allentown), where he was doing an autograph signing (Talk about having fans, there was a non-stop line for 3 hours to meet him with people driving all the way from Buffalo!) as well as promoting his new Gourmet All Purpose Barbeque Sauce (It’s so ridiculously good that I got 5 bottles for friends and family including one signed for an interview happening this week!!) called appropriately “Over The Middle” from which for every bottle sold he donated 50 cents to charity “The Second Mile/Kids Escaping Drugs” to help in troubled children’s lives (I’ve attached the link at AndreReedOTM.com here so that all of Kade Nation can check it out and buy a bottle or 10!). Watch as we discuss the miracle that is his Hall Of Fame NFL career, his commitment to using his NFL celebrity to give back, what’s wrong with today’s athletes, his proudest accomplishment of playing in 4 straight Super Bowls, how he created such an awesome sauce, and he even catches a pass from me at the end (I seriously got to throw a pass to one of the greatest receivers of all time and he still looks like he could play in the league!!), and soo much more!! Thank you Andre for taking this time! You are an awesome guy helping a great cause, and it was truly an honor to sit down and talk to you and throw you a touchdown!!