[Mississauga, Ontario] – It is with profound sadness that the Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA) shares the passing of our esteemed former President, George Reed, who served as a dedicated advocate for the rights and well-being of Canadian football players.

George Reed's leadership and tireless efforts significantly contributed to the growth and success of the CFLPA. Reed's impact will not be forgotten and will leave a lasting legacy that will continue to shape the future of Canadian Football.

Reed held the distinguished position of CFLPA President from 1972 to 1981, and again from 1986 to 1993 leaving an indelible mark on our organization and the Canadian football community as a whole. Reed's unwavering commitment to the betterment of members' lives, both on and off the field, exemplified his passion for the sport and its athletes.

Reed's CFL playing career began when he joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1963, and would go on to have an incredible 13-year career with the Riders, up until his retirement in 1975. Reed's commitment to being on the field with his teammates every day was exemplary as he played in 203 of his teams 208 games during his tenure. The Mississippi born Running Back was able to rack up an impressive 16,116 yards and 137 touchdowns over the course of his career, on route to helping the province secure their first Grey Cup Championship in 1966.

The CFLPA wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to George Reed's family, friends, and all those who were fortunate enough to know and work alongside him. We mourn the loss of a great pioneer in Canadian football, and are forever grateful for his lasting impact on our game.