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Running Back

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Northern Arizona University
914 S. Milton Rd.
Flagstaff , Arizona 86001
United States

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Willard Reaves, 20 Nov 2010 [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
Celebrity Slow Pitch Challenge, 9 Nov 2010 [cached]
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, 12 April 2014 [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.
Wheaties look to regain form - OurSports Central, 1 April 2005 [cached]
The son of former Canadian Football League all star Willard Reaves of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, scored his second goal in as many playoff games and rang another shot off the goal post when the game was tied at one.
Willard ..., 7 July 2009 [cached]
Willard Reeves
Reeves had a short CFL career that lasted only five years, but it was a highly succesful five years. Reeves joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1983, rushing for 896 yards in only 9 games, winning the top rookie honour in the west and runner-up for the CFL, Reaves was also named to the West All-Star team in his rookie season.
It would be hard to maintain that pace every year, but Reeves had a more than respectable 1326 yards rushing in 1985 to win his second All-Canadian award. Injuries limited Reeves to only 6 games in 1986, but he still ran for 496 yards. In his final season in the CFL, Reeves rebounded to pick up 1471 yards and his third All-Canadian All-Star award. In just 5 years, Reeves piled up a total of 5924 yards or nearly an average of 1200 yards per season and two of those were part seasons.
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