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Steve Reid


Stephen Emmett Reid Sr.

Inducted 1985

Date of Birth



Chicago, IL


Northwestern University (1934-1936)


Steve Reid played football at Leo High School in his hometown of Chicago before enrolling at Northwestern where he became a three-year letterman for the Wildcats. He was captain and Most Valuable Player for the 1936 Big Ten Champions and was also Northwestern's most widely-selected All-America since Pug Rentner. A 5-9, 192-pound guard whose strength was blocking, he was often called upon by Coach Pappy Waldorf to pull out of the line to lead the interference. Reid played in the East-West Shrine Game and, in 1961, was named to Sports Illustrated's "Silver Anniversary" All-America football team. During World War II he served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was awarded the Presidential Citation with three battle stars. Reid became Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Evanston Hospital, and Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University. He became a Wildcat team physician in 1950, and earned national recognition by conducting a football helmet study which measures intensities of impacts in order to reduce head and neck injuries.


Height 5'10

Weight 192

Career Highlights

  • 1936 All-Conference
  • 1936 Consensus All-America
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