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Employment History

Running Back

Northern Arizona University

Star Running Back

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Running Back

Canadian Football League

Running Back


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Willard Reaves [cached]

Willard Reaves - Running Back - 1983-87 - Northern Arizona University

Incredibly popular because of his looks and his standout talent as a running back, Willard Reaves has taken his rightful place in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Born in Flagstaff, Ariz., Reaves became a multi-sport star in high school and at Northern Arizona University, where he became the first non-senior to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.
In 1979 and 1980, he was named a first team All American (second team in 1981). Two years later, he took the Canadian Football League by storm. In 1983, he won the Jackie Parker Trophy as the CFL's Western Rookie of the Year and was the leading rusher in the West Division. The next season, his league-wide dominance was rewarded with the Schenley Award as most outstanding player in the CFL. He was named offensive star of the year, named to the league's first all-star team and he helped lead the Bombers to their first Grey Cup title since 1962.
The all-star selections would continue into the late 1980's. He set records for most games with 100 yards rushing in one season (10) and most consecutive games hitting the century mark in a game (8). In 1984, he ran for 1,733 yards in the 16-game season on 304 carries, a club record. He tied a CFL record with four touchdowns in one game and tied another club mark with 18 TDs in a campaign. His 221 yards rushed in one game, 44 TDs in his career and club record 1,158 carries in his tenure in a Blue Bomber uniform are still on the team's record books.
To date, Reaves still leads the Bombers in most 200-yard rushing games (2), most seasons leading the league in rushing yards (3) and most 100-yard rushing games in a career (26). Willard left the Bombers in 1988 to pursue his NFL dream. He played sparingly with the Washington Redskins and then Miami Dolphins, he saw limited action as a kick returner. In 1990, two years after leaving the Bombers with 5,923 rushing yards in five seasons for a shot in the NFL, Reaves became a Canadian citizen and retired from pro ball. He was inducted into the Blue Bomber Hall of Fame and Northern Arizona's Hall of Fame in 1992.
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Willard Reaves

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Willard Reaves spent five seasons as a running back with Winnipeg ('83-'87), three times cracking the 1,000-yard plateau and in '84 being named the league's outstanding player after rushing for a league-high 1,733 yards.

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Willard Reaves

Willard Reaves was a star running back with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1983 to 1988. He was the CFL Player of the Year in 1984 and was also a 4 time CFL Allstar. At 6' , 230lbs he also played in the NFL for at total of 5 years; 2 years with the Green Bay Packers, 2 years with the Washingston Redskins and 1 year with the Miami Dolphins. Reaves retired from the NFL in 1990 and moved back to Winnipeg where he is a Sergeant with the Manitoba Sheriff Service. Reaves held the record for many years when he scored 3 touchdowns in one game in the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Dayton Ohio in 1988.

Rufus Crawford [cached]

Schenley Award voters recognized Crawford's excellence and made him a finalist for the most outstanding player award before giving the nod to Winnipeg running back Willard Reaves who led the CFL in rushing with 1,733 yards.

Montreal Concordes' Dwaine Wilson and Toronto Argonauts' Lester Brown were all-Eastern running backs and Wilson and Reaves earned All-Canadian honours.

Arizona Daily Sun- [cached]

Ryan Reaves, son of ex-Northern Arizona University and Canadian Football League running back Willard Reaves, was selected by the St. Louis Blues Saturday in the NHL's Entry Draft in Ottawa.

The Blues made Reaves, a right wing who last played for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings, the 156th overall selection (fifth round) in the draft.
A 6-foot-1, 196-pound Winnipeg product, Reaves is coming off a solid freshman season in the WHL, after leading St. John Ravenscourt to the 2004 provincial high school title.In 63 games this past season, he scored seven goals and 16 points while accumulating 79 minutes in penalties.
By all accounts, Reaves is an imposing, tough-as-nails two-way player.
Jusk ask his dad, who grew up in Flagstaff and graduated from Coconino High School.
"When he gets on the ice, you can feel a complete change in the other team's approach," the elder Reaves said of his son in a 2004 interview with the Daily Sun."It's more stand-offish.

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