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1993 NAU Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Willard Reaves

(Football, 1977-80)

Reaves played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers achieving All-CFL from 1983-85 and in 1987 and was selected as the Canadian League Player of the Year in 1984.  He led the CFL in rushing in 1984, 1985, and 1987 with 1,733 yards gained in 1984 the third highest one-season total in CFL history.  In 1979, Reaves became the first non-senior to rush for 1,000 yards at NAU when he gained 1,084.  At the time of his induction, he ranked fifth in career all-purpose yardage with 2,585 and eight for the season with 1,219 in 1979.


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