Ken Reed

Ken Reed football card

Kenneth Woodrow Reed
Born: November 24, 1941 (Poplar Bluff, Missouri)
Died: September 4, 2014 (at Mile 83 of the Alaska Highway, north of Fort St. John, British Columbia)

Ken Reed, a member of the 1966 Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders, died in a two-vehicle accident north of Fort St. John, B.C. He was 72.

His 65-year-old wife, Cheryl Ann (née Curry) also died in the head-on collision. A younger local couple in a pickup were killed in the accident, police said. The Reeds were traveling from their Saskatchewan home to the Yukon for a family hunting trip.

Reed played in the CFL for eight seasons as a defensive end and linebacker. The versatile 6-foot, 235-pound athlete also played guard. He played in three Grey Cup games with the Roughriders and was a member of the 14-2 squad in 1970.

In 1966, Reed recorded an interception and had two fumble recoveries in the regular season, but is best remembered for causing a fumble by Winnipeg quarterback Ken Ploen in the second game of the best-of-three Western final. The fumble was recovered by Ed McQuarters who scored a touchdown for a 21-19 victory and a trip to the Grey Cup. The Roughriders, coached by Eagle Keys, won their first Grey Cup in franchise history by defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders by 29-14 at Vancouver.

Reed also played in the 1967 and ’69 Grey Cup games.

Before coming to Canada, Reed played three seasons at guard for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, where his coach was Glenn Dobbs, an American who had quarterbacked for the Roughriders in the 1951 Grey Cup.

The San Francisco ’49ers selected Reed in the 17th round (No. 232 overall) of the 1963 NFL draft. He ended up signing with the Edmonton Eskimos. After two seasons, he joined the Roughriders.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Roughriders’ Plaza of Honour. In that same year, he tool part in 40th anniversary celebrations of the franchise’s first Grey Cup victory.

A resident of Balgonie, Sask., 23 kilometres east of Regina, Reed owned Reed Leisure Products, a Yamaha dealer of ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles.


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