TSU Mourns the Passing of a Football Legend
Saturday, September 5, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - Legendary TSU football player and all-American Robert Reed, Jr. passed at his home in Marshall, Texas on September 1, 2009. Reed is the father of current defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Rod Reed.

Rod Reed, like his father, is one of TSU football's celebrated athletes holding the records in game and career tackles. 

Robert was awarded a scholarship to Tennessee A & I State University where he played guard from 1961-65. He began his collegiate career under coach Lawrence Simmons for two years and finished under the legendary coach John A. Merritt. 

He was named to the Pittsburgh Courier All-America team for the 1963 and 1964 seasons and was the first of many all-Americans under Merritt.

While a student at TSU, he formed lifelong friendships with his roommates, Don (Liz) Cleveland (Nashville, Tenn). and Roosevelt (Eve) Davis (Jackson, Miss.) Robert was inducted into the Tennessee State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

During the 1965 football draft, he was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 12th round of the AFL draft and by the Washington Redskins in the 16th round of the NFL draft. He chose the Redskins and played offensive guard until 1967. Reed later went on to play with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League (CFL) until 1970.

A back injury ended his professional football career but did not curtail his love of the game. He went on to coach Little League football in his hometown. Robert was especially proud of his work with the youth. 

Robert's community involvement flourished when he founded a local Cub Scout troop that primarily served economically disadvantaged youths. This troop was so special because of its full support by the community. He was a father figure to many who appreciated his wisdom, gentleness, advice, and love. 

Robert Reed, Jr. was preceded in death by his father, mother, and self-adopted sister Janna K. Hall. He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted wife of 45 years, Marcella Gooch Reed; four children, eight grandchildren, two sisters, one brother and many family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held on September 6 at the Peoples Funeral Home 1301 W Grand Ave, Marshall, Texas.