Important Dates in Bills History, presented by M&T Bank, helps fans recognize what's important. In the NFL, honoring outstanding performance is important, and on Feb. 1, 2014, Bills wide receiver Andre Reed was announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Having been inducted to the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 2006, it was only a matter of time before the franchise's all-time leading receiver became a Hall of Famer. Reed, who was selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft under the guidance of General Manager Bill Polian, instantly became a valuable weapon on offense. With direction from Head Coach Marv Levy, Reed and quarterback Jim Kelly formed a seemingly unstoppable connection which helped the Bills orchestrate four consecutive AFC Championship titles.
Reed spent 15 seasons in Buffalo before his departure to Washington—where he spent just one season until his retirement from the league in 2000. During his celebrated 16-year tenure in the NFL, Reed amassed 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 88 touchdowns, and was selected to the Pro Bowl an impressive seven times from 1988-1994. Additionally, Reed is credited with a franchise record 36 100-yard receiving performances.
Reed's legacy was officially cemented into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2, 2014, as he delivered a heartfelt speech in front of a crowd filled with passionate Bills fans. Like several of his Hall of Fame teammates such as, quarterback Jim Kelly, wide receiver James Lofton, defensive end Bruce Smith, and running back Thurman Thomas, Reed's achievements on the field will never be forgotten. Buffalo's other Hall of Fame members from the same era include Head Coach Marv Levy, and General Manager Bill Polian.