Updated: 08/01/2014 6:30 PM
Created: 08/01/2014 5:58 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond
Andre Reed will officially be a hall of famer Saturday. Over his 15 years with the Buffalo Bills, he helped others on and off the field. In his retirement, Reed continues to contribute to western New York. He recently teamed up with the NFL to raise money for the hungry.
Little did the Buffalo Bills know in 1985 that a fourth round draft pick from a small Division II school would go on to rack up over 13,000 receiving yards and 87 touchdowns through 16 NFL seasons.
Reed said, “You know you take it upon yourself to say, ‘Hey, I'm going to be the man to make a big play and I'm going to be the man to take us to the top.’”
While Reed accumulated those stats at Ralph Wilson Stadium, it was his work away from the field that make many in western New York think of him as a hall of famer.
Mike Billoni, Buffalo Bills Community Relations Director, said, “He helped us over the years, he helped us during the Super Bowl, he takes an interest in whatever he does.”
Throughout his career and even after, the hall of fame receiver gave countless hours to help the hungry in western New York.
Billoni said, “Through his efforts, over $12,000 came to the food bank this year through the Taste of the NFL.”
Those dollars help feed thousands in the community.
Billoni said, “We're able to buy and provide five meals for every dollar raised. So, $12,000 goes a long way in helping us with our mission of feeding the hungry within the community.”