His long wait is over: Andre Reed, the greatest receiver in Buffalo Bills history, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014.
Reed will be inducted in a ceremony held on the evening of Saturday, August 2 in Canton, Ohio. Bills fans will make the trip west to Canton in droves to see Reed inducted alongside six other new members of the Hall: Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey, Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams and Raiders punter Ray Guy.
Reed's selection ends his eight-year wait for enshrinement. He retired from pro football in 2000 after a 16-year playing career - 15 of which came with the Bills - that saw him set several franchise records and emerge as a vital cog in the Bills' famous K-Gun offense. Jim Kelly, Reed's quarterback, and running back Thurman Thomas had already made it to the Hall from that offense; now the third member of the triplets is set to join them. Reed remains the all-time leader in Bills history in receptions (941), yards (13,095) and touchdowns (86).
With Reed's pending induction, the Bills as an organization will have an even 10 people in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Team founder and owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. is in. Running back O.J. Simpson and offensive linemen Billy Shaw and Joe DeLamielleure are in. Marv Levy, the head coach of the Bills during their Super Bowl years, is in. Kelly and Thomas are in, as are James Lofton and Bruce Smith, two more vital cogs in the team's run of four straight appearances in the big game. Now, Reed joins them.
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